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A church-goer as yet unidentified stole a cellphone from Nampula municipal council president Mahamudo Amurane during mass in Nampula Cathedral on 23 July, it has come to light.
It came to pass when Mahamudo Amurane celebrated his Sunday by heading off to the cathedral for adoration of the Lord God, and perhaps to ask for energy for times to come, but his going up to the altar to take communion provided also occasion for the so-far anonymous thief to strike.
Amurane, who was, as far as we know, attending mass alone that Sunday morning, discovered his cellphone had disappeared shortly after resuming his pew, but he avoided creating a stir, only informing the church authorities after the service.
The situation has been the subject of endless debate in Nampula opinion circles, with all agreeing it demonstrates how prone to attack the city’s public integrity is.
People wonder how is it that individuals disguised as believers are capable of entering a house of worship like the cathedral, there lying in wait for the opportunity to seize others’ belongings.
Our reporter has been told that investigations to clarify the case, which is considered a cause of concern especially since it involves a figure who in principle should not be a victim of such situations, are under way.
The theft of the mayor’s cell phone drew comment last Sunday from the cathedral priest Bernardo Antonio, who described it as sad and pitiful.
Priest Bernardo Antonio said he did not understand how a believer could plan a robbery in church, knowing that all who went there, went in search of God. The church was wounded by this unusual occurrence, which did little to benefit the image and good name of the Christian family, he said.
By Victor MachineSource: Diário de Moçambique