Death penalty an affront to humanity: ED

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has once again stoked debate on capital punishment after concurring with a European Union position on the emotive matter. The EU said capital punishment had not established any deterrent effect on murderers.


“The death penalty is an affront to human dignity. It constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and is contrary to the right to life. The death penalty has no established deterrent effect and it makes judicial errors irreversible,” the European bloc said on its official Twitter account.

Mnangagwa re-tweeted it, adding: “I agree whole-heartedly.”

Contacted for clarity, Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet (Presidential communications), George Charamba said Mnangagwa still needed to convince other stakeholders before there were changes to the law in order to reflect his desire.

“It cannot happen from the President’s office but from a legislative perspective. That is the President’s own view point, but it still has to find favour in terms of our laws and policies. He has expressed his personal wish, desire, and a personal conviction, but he has to build consensus around his personal view before it translates initially to policy then, secondly, law,” Charamba said yesterday.

Mnangagwa’s view on capital punishment was a matter of public record. The President escaped the hangman’s noose during the liberation struggle after it is discovered that he was under age.

Mnangagwa, who has served as Justice minister under former President Robert Mugabe, is a well-known advocate for the removal of the death penalty. Mugabe once revealed that he had an altercation with Mnangagwa over capital punishment.

Mnangagwa also differed with Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who openly declared his support for capital punishment. Zimbabwe has not implemented the death penalty for over 10 years now, with Mnangagwa credited for that.


  1. His soldiers, police and party thugs are slaughtering innocent people and he claims he is against the death penalty. Stupid hypocrisy.

  2. Very strange indeed he should tell the murderers to stop their acts only then can their lives can be spared.Murderers should value human these are crazed creatures why waste resourced keeping them for life while victims families suffer.And its ironic coming from a man who has been party to misery of opposition members these guys never showed mercy.Its cheap public posturing to be in good books with the EU.He may have said it b4 but noone should take it seriously.

  3. nothing strange about that, infact he is smart. He knows he has to protect his murders’ and himself from his crimes.

  4. All those Godless law makers and ignorant men think that hanging is not for humanity today will regret it one day. These are people who do not believe in the Creator God command. God states that life for life in the scriptures. These people in there ignorance think they know more than God himself. The death penalty is very important in any and every form of society. We need not worry if it deters other behavior or not, the most important point is, when criminal element is eliminated,that element ceased to exist among us. Those who refused to heed warning, will meet the same fate. Lets keep death penalty alive, it serves it purpose. It was not instituted by man, but by God.

  5. when the EU released their report about the election zanu said they don’t recognise the EU and all of a sudden he’s re twitting post what an idiot

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