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Manuel Tocova, interim president of the Nampula municipality in northern Mozambique, will be tried for the crime of disobedience, the provincial prosecutor has said.
The Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) mayor on Monday swore in ten councillors and six heads of administrative posts, contrary to the Attorney General’s advice, Lusa reports.
The prosecutor says his temporary appointment to the position limits Tocova to taking only decisions regarding “urgent acts and day-to-day management,” the PGR said in a statement distributed on Thursday.
Manuel Tocova was summoned to provide information on the matter, but since he failed to do so, was accused in summary proceedings “for practicing the crime of disobedience, promoting his immediate trial” at the Nampula City Judicial Court, the PGR’s communique adds.
The Pubic Prosecutor’s Office also announced it would refer an appeal against decisions taken by the president to the Nampula Provincial Administrative Court.
Tocova took office after President-elect Mahamudo Amurane (MDM) was shot dead October 4 outside his home in Nampula.
The crime is under investigation and two suspects are in custody.
Some of the newly sworn-in appointees, all from the MDM, had been removed from office by the murdered mayor who, at the time, claimed to have found evidence of corruption.
The Mozambican government announced on Tuesday the holding of a by-election in Nampula, with Mozambique’s National Elections Commission (CNE) proposing a date for consideration.
Voting will take place less than a year before the countrywide municipal elections scheduled for October 10, 2018.Source: Lusa