Mozambique Elections: Lesson from Nampula to reduce confusion - By Joseph Hanlon
The mayor of Nampula, Mahamudo Amurane, was shot dead outside his home in the city’s Namutequeliua neighbourhood yesterday evening by a single individual who then apparently left the scene without any sign of urgency.
Bainabo Sahal, clinical director of the Nampula Central Hospital, told Notícias that Amurane was dead on his arrival at the health unit, despite immediate help from relatives and sympathisers.
The mayor’s private residence is located next to a restaurant that on public holidays overflows with patrons. Witnesses said they saw a tall individual who lingered in front of the establishment without mingling, now believed to be the man who fired three shots into the chest of the mayor when he left his courtyard.
The gunman then walked off towards the entrance of the Cotocuane cemetery and the residential area of the same name.
Mahamudo Amurane was elected mayor of Nampula in 2013 as the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) candidate. Following disagreements, he recently announced that he would run in the next municipal elections, scheduled for October 2018, but not as MDM candidate.
Yesterday morning, Amurane attended Peace Day ceremonies in Nampula, depositing a wreath in Heroes Square.Source: Notícias