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The governor of Cabo Delgado, Julio Parruque, has been bemoaning the tragic deaths occurring in the province as a result of the actions of armed men sowing terror in the population.
On Wednesday, Parruque ended a visit to the district of Palma, where he went to comfort the relatives of the victims, with promises of security for the population affected by acts of terrorism, and particularly welcomed the involvement of young people and adults in the denunciation of those sheltering the perpetrators.
This attitude had assisted in the capture of culprits in Mocímboa da Praia, Palma, Nangade and Macomia, he said.
“We are here on behalf of the Cabo Delgado provincial government to express our support and solidarity with families who have lost loved ones. The good thing is that some people are already returning. We ask you to do so swiftly because the Defence and Security Forces are here to defend you,” Parruque said during a meeting with the people of Mondlane [Monjane] village, Olumbi administrative post, Palma.
The population of Monjane gave vent to their fear and sadness in the aftermath of events of 27 May, when five men were killed and five people abducted, and in turn the governor called for women to control their children and dissuade them from accepting doctrines antithetical to the religion practised in Mozambique.
“We are in the holy month of Ramadan, a time when we all know that Muslims cultivate love, forgiveness of others, and other good values. What kind of Muslims are these who kill without mercy and steal goods from the population? Do not be fooled by these rogues! They want to bring things that are not ours and distract us from our agenda – peace and the development of our country,” Parruque said.
Figures state that 2,175 people live in the village of Monjane [also spelt Mondlane], in the administrative post of Olumbi, 1,080 of whom are female, and whose activities include agriculture and fishing, with a small part dedicated to commerce.
At the administrative post of Quionga, Parruque led a popular rally in which he urged the population to be vigilant and fight crime, and to engage in agricultural production to improve living conditions.
In a telephone interview with the citizens of Naunde, administrative post of Mucujo, Macomia district, Noticias learned that life was gradually returning to normal after strangers invaded the village and killed seven, besides burning houses.
In Naunde, in addition to also burning five vehicles, the criminals seized 25 goats and 60,000 meticais in cash.