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The Commander-in-Chief of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) has acknowledged that the proliferation of firearms beyond the control of authorities in the city of Beira are contributing to the increase in crime there.
Linked to this situation, Bernardino Rafael notes that the city of Beira is the region of the country where the most episodes of “mob justice” occur, 23 cases having been registered in recent months.
Commander-in-Chief Rafael, who is visiting Sofala province, did not specify the number of weapons held by unauthorised persons, but instructed the corporation to do its best to seize the weapons and arrest their bearers, as a starting point to stopping the evil at the source.
“It is with these weapons that they kill and threaten the population, so we have to collect them in order to restore tranquillity in the community,” he said.
Talking about mob justice, Rafael argued that the police in Sofala needed to hold more meetings with the community, to talk about the evil this practice represents and explain the risk of people who later found to be innocent being put to death.
The police commander-in-chief then launched a national campaign against mob justice, with the symbolic distribution of a leaflet discouraging the practice.
The commander-in-chief said denouncing criminals before they committed crimes was the best way to prevent crime.
The population however remain concerned about the speedy release of suspected criminals denounced to the authorities back into the community, which, they say, creates distrust of the police.
“Continue to trust the police. Give us work, denounce troublemakers. We will do our part,” Rafael said.
Other figures from Beira enumerate more than 600 cases of domestic violence and 20 cases of sexual violence in the last twelve months.
As part of the fight against crime, the PRM commander-in-chief officially opened the Chingussura neighbourhood Policing Council in Beira city.
Meanwhile, in Dondo district, one of the places visited by Commander-In-Chief Rafael, the population called for the reinforcement of the police presence in both manpower and equipment terms, in order to combat crime in the region. The request was made during a public meeting in the Nhamaiabwe neighbourhood.
The population recalled that the development that is taking place in the district of Dondo has resulted in an increase in crime and that, often when reporting a case to the police, it complains of the lack of means to take action. In response, Bernardino Rafael announced the allocation of two motorcycles to the District Police Command in Dondo.Source: Notícias