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PRM General Commander Bernardino Rafael. Photo: O País
Mozambique police have been detaining people offering information about the armed attacks in Cabo Delgado.
The violation of the witness protection law was presented in the city of Pemba during a public consultation meeting on the performance of law and order officers chaired by PRM Commander General Bernardino Rafael.
“I am sorry, sir, here in Cabo Delgado, when we denounce the suspects in the armed attacks, the police come at night to the homes of the people who provided the information and take them to the police station to give information, but they often end up being arrested. How are we going to continue to report if it is like that?” one citizen, who chose not to be named, asked.
In addition to arbitrary arrests, citizens complain about robbery in the area by people who are not part of the insurgent group but who take advantage of the abandonment of villages to plunder the houses.
“Commander, as soon as the insurgents leave the village after an attack, people appear, especially young people, who steal the victims’ assets. And the worst thing is that the military takes a long time to arrive at the places where the robberies occur,” another source complained, also anonymously.
PRM General Commander Bernardino Rafael promised to investigate the allegations and instructed the provincial command to address the issues presented by the population, who also complain about the high crime rate in Pemba, where a mandatory curfew is claimed to have been imposed by gangs of assailants known as ‘Nacatanas’, who allegedly control the streets of the city at night.
By Hizidine AcháSource: O País