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The Mozambican National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) has detained the administrator of Beira Central Hospital, Abu Julio, and three other members of the hospital staff for the alleged theft of over 9.7 million meticais (about 155,000 US dollars).
In the absence of the hospital director, Nelson Mucopo, who is attending a training course in Portugal, the hospital is being run by a senior doctor, Bonifacio Cebola.
Cebola told reporters that the suspects were detained on 17 and 23 December. In addition to the administrator, the police took three people working in the hospital accounts department into custody.
The money stolen, Cebola said, was part of the funds the hospital receives from the Mozambican state budget, and had nothing to do with donations from international partners to support the victims of cyclone Idai which devastated Beira in April.
That money, he explained, never entered the hospital’s coffers, but was sent directly to the contractors working on post-cyclone reconstruction.
Cebola declined to go into any further details of the case on the grounds that the matter is now in the hands of the police and the courts.Source: AIM
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