Zimbabwe finds a hangman

Zimbabwe President Robert Mubage.

HARARE - Reports from Zimbabwe on Monday said a hangman had finally been found, but redundancy may be staring him in the face.

The man selected for the job is apparently a Malawian national, even though dozens of Zimbabweans expressed interest in the job.

It was not clear when the hangman was found and just how much experience he has.

Secretary for Justice and Legal Affairs David Mangota told the private Standard newspaper, somewhat ominously, that the Malawian was "raring to go".

But Zimbabwe's draft constitution says women and people over the age of 70 will be spared the death penalty.

Rights groups were pushing for it to be fully abolished.

The draft still has to go to a referendum vote.

In the meantime, there was a moratorium on all executions.

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)