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O País (File photo) / Manuel Tocova
Manuel Tocova, the interim mayor of Nampula, has, since this morning, been in ‘uncertain whereabouts’ . In a telephone contact with O País, Tocova explained that he chose to leave because he was to become the victim of a trap.
“They took [arrested] an individual, who they say was paid by me, 50,000 meticais, to assassinate Mahamudo Amurane,” he explained.
Tocova explains that everything began on Saturday, when armed individuals entered his house and threatened his guard. The same day, he adds, the same individuals went up to the councillor of the municipal police and searched the car, thinking that he (Tocova) was there. By all indications, according to Manuel Tocova, the councillor recognised the individuals, who are of the police.
At this moment, the interim mayor is in hiding and considers himself another “Afonso Dhlakama”.
“I have become the second Dhlakama, I am fleeing in my own country, in my city, I am in an uncertain place.”
During the conversation, Tocova said he was the victim of a cabal, due to the coming by-elections. However, he assured that he will not be a candidate.
Meanwhile, the municipality of Nampula is without a leadership.
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