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ZIMBABWE: ZANU-PF REVERSAL ON DEATH PENALTY HOLDS UP CONSTITUTION DRAFT

January 24, 2012: Zimbabwe's often-delayed constitutional revision process hit another obstacle this week as President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF (Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front) reversed itself on issues including devolution of power, the death penalty and dual citizenship, holding up work on a draft.
Sources in the parliamentary select committee in charge of the revision said it had been agreed to introduce dual citizenship, to devolve power from the central government and to do away with capital punishment, but ZANU-PF now wants to reopen those issues.
ZANU-PF's insistence on keeping the death penalty comes despite indications from the judiciary that capital punishment has not had the intended deterrent effect.
Murder cases brought before the High Court are said to have increased from 386 in 2010 to 395 last year and are expected to rise further this year.
Select committee co-chairman Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana of ZANU-PF could not be reached for immediate comment on the reported about-face.
But his counterpart Douglas Mwonzora of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said that the issue has gone to the management committee, which includes senior negotiators for all governing parties. (Sources: voanews.com, 24/01/2012)

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IRAN: MAN HANGED PUBLICLY FOR MURDER
IRAN: MAN EXECUTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SAUDI ARABIA: CONVICTED DRUG SMUGGLER BEHEADED
INDIA: HC UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE FOR MAHENDRA
SRI LANKA: TRISHAW DRIVER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TRAFFICKING HEROIN
UAE: TWO AFGHAN MEN TO BE EXECUTED FOR MURDER
PAKISTAN: TALIBAN EXECUTE 21 CAPTURED PARAMILITARY MEN
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IRAN: TWO HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
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IRAN: GUARDIAN COUNCIL APPROVES NEW PENAL LEGISLATION
INDIA: COURT AWARDS DEATH PENALTY IN DRUG CASE FOR THE FIRST TIME
PAKISTAN: TWO GET DEATH FOR MURDER
ETHIOPIA: DEATH PENALTY FOR BLOGGER, PRISON FOR JOURNALISTS
KUWAIT: PARDON FOR DEATH ROW INMATES
NIGERIA: OGUN STATE GOVERNOR COMMUTES DEATH SENTENCES OF 2 PRISONERS
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INDIA: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR MURDERING FIVE
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