Officials "comfortable with abuses," declares ombudsman - WATCH
The murder of the mayor of Nampula City Council, Mahamudo Amurane, yesterday evening during celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the General Peace Agreement represents a serious blow to the process of consolidating the rule of law in Mozambique, according to the Emergency Committee for the Protection of Liberties (CEPL)
The CEPL said Amurane’s assassination appeared to be a clear attack on freedom of expression and, until proven otherwise, was an attack on the public offices of the deceased and to the detriment of all those involved, without distinction of political affiliation, in public life.
“The macabre and cowardly act that took Mahamudo Amurane’s life is an attack on all those who express themselves freely, in line with the structuring principles of a democratic state to which our country formally subscribes, as stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Mozambique,” the CEPL states, adding that “the very process of peacebuilding in Mozambique, which in recent months has been showing signs of progress, will be undercut by what happened in Nampula on a day when the entire nation was celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the signing of the General Peace Agreement.”
Speaking at the Peace Day celebrations in Nampula, Amurane said: “We cannot imagine a society free of conflicts of interest, be they political, economic or social, but our experience in the management of conflicts throughout our history … should lead us to reflection … and, therefore, always to call for dialogue over our differences, in the process of consolidation of the Mozambican nation.”Source: O País