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At least 15 inmates of the 48 who escaped from the Inhazonia prison in the central Mozambican province of Manica in the course of an attack by Renamo on Monday have handed themselves in, Deputy Minister of Health, Mouzinho Saíde, acting as spokesperson for the Council of Ministers, said at the end of the Council’s last session of the year in Maputo yesterday.
The attack was carried out by Renamo gunmen early on Monday morning. With more than 15 inmates having returned voluntarily, the Council of Ministers appealed to the remainder to turn themselves in. “We guarantee that there will be no sanctions, because we know that they fled only in fear for their lives,” Saíde said.
In addition to allowing inmates to escape, law enforcement authorities have revealed that the group of attackers stole prison guards uniforms, handcuffs and mobile phones from the prison.
At yesterday’s session, the Council of Ministers approved a resolution on the national irrigation program.
Saíde said the program aimed to ensure sustainable development in an integrated approach to river basins and agrarian development over the next 25 years.Source: AIM Moçambique