Zimbabwe fails to secure Hangman- July 2011
The scoop-No one coming up to do the dirty work
It seems no one in Zimbabwe is willing to do the dirty work in terms of hanging people. The country has been looking for a hangman for a long-time now since they lost the last one. It may be baffling to some that, in a country with such a high rate of unemployment, someone would turn down a job. Well, yes. That is the case here. Let us investigate why.
"A job to kill people available in Zimbabwe” The Zimbabwe Metro
"No takers for Hangman's job"- The Zimbabwean
With unemployment reaching well over 90% one would think that earning a living is a major priority that overrides all else in our decision making, yet over the last 13 years (to 2011) there have been no takers for the hangman's job since the last once retirement. What then is the cause of such a situation occurring in a country with millions of people eligible for the job?
Nature of the Job vs. Means of living
In most cultures, taking a life under the guise of the law or otherwise, is not an accepted social norm. True is the fact in Africa, more so in Zimbabwe where taking a life has many repercussions including a decline into madness. This is due to what is believed to be the avenging spirit of the deceased (This is called Ngozi in Shona: one of Zimbabwe’s native languages). So it is understandable that such a job post would lie vacant for years in a country where employment is hard to come by.
The saying “ I am because you are” popularised by Nelson Mandela, is recognition of our inter-connectedness. What I do affects you in one-way or the other. The reverse is true. African cultures have some level of respect for this way of living though it is fast declining due to the break down of the moral fibre. Nonetheless, the fact that cultures are built on this type of foundation in Zimbabwe makes human life worth more than monetary gain-this is of course not a blanket assumption of the goodness of African social norms reflected in Zimbabwe, there are still radical instances where human life is totally taken for granted.
The general conclusion is that, it is an astounding fact that a country fails to secure the services of a Hangman. There must be one daring, lost soul out there with the nerve to take up the job. Well, as of July 2011, there has not been one out of the eligible millions to step up and take the post. This is in a way a reassuring fact to state that, in the midst of a recovery from a record breaking inflation and high unemployment rate, Zimbabweans still have something to be proud of-respect for the human life, criminal or not.
Fun fact on Zimbabwe’s inflation
The highest note produced from the southern African countries inflation period was $ZW 100 000 000 000 (One hundred trillion Zimbabwe Dollars-pictured here.) This was after the currency had been adjusted to knock off some zeros because they could not fit on the printing surface.