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The acting mayor of Nampula, Manuel Tocova, was arrested last night for illegal possession of a weapon, a source close to the matter has told O País. The arrest came after the mayor of Nampula had given testimony to agents of the National Criminal Investigation Service.
According to the same source, Manuel Tocova illegally rented the weapon from a former [in 2015] Assembly of the Republic deputy of another party for three thousand meticais per month, but because he was not honouring his commitments, the former MP decided to inform on the acting mayor.
Yesterday, when the mayor returned to Nampula, from where he had been absent since Saturday, he was called in for questioning. O País reports that he at first denied the accusations but eventually accepted that he was in illegal possession of a weapon.
O País recalls that two days ago, the mayor announced that he was in hiding because he was being accused of various crimes, including illegal possession of a weapon.
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Manuel Tocova became acting mayor of Nampula after the assassination of former mayor Mahamudo Amurane by persons unknown. He quickly became involved in several municipal management controversies, including the illegal swearing in of councillors.
The former deputy who was renting out the gun was also detained, the source said, adding that there is a possibility that the acting mayor will step down.