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Reporting from Gondola District Hospital, Miramar TV has confirmed one death and six injured in disturbances which took place during the distribution of food to victims of Cyclone Idai last Friday.
The Municipal Police officer who allegedly targeted the victims is in custody at the Gondola Police District Command pending possible inquiries.
The atmosphere was tense in Gondola municipality last afternoon Friday as one person was killed and another six suffered injuries of varying degrees during the distribution of food aid to victims of Cyclone Idai.
Families complained that people were receiving donations without their names being on the list, and municipal police on duty to guarantee security fired shots in order to contain the unrest, fatally wounding an 18-year-old and wounding another six’
One of the victims, still under medical care at Gondola District Hospital, is now able to walk the corridors, but young Filipe’s family weeps tirelessly. Justice is the word of the hour, and the deceased’s brother asks why the police were carrying live ammunition and not rubber bullets.
Those responsible for the distribution of food blame the presence of people “of bad faith” bent on taking possession of the municipal police’s weapons as the final part of the doom-laden scenario.
The president of the Municipal Council has undertaken to do everything possible to help the families of the victims, and this morning a team led by the district administrator visited their homes.
Ngozo said the municipal police agent in question was in police custody pending inquiries.
Witnesses to the confusion that took the life of young Filipe blame the distributors, and police have promised a statement within the next few days.
The family of the young man shot dead in the Gondola riot last Friday have accused the local mayor of misappropriating the US$250 designated for funeral expenses.
Relatives of the young man shot dead last Friday in Gondola town hall say they feel abandoned by the authorities, accusing them of failing to provide support, and leaving them responsible for bearing the funeral expenses themselves.
Others accuse the authorities of having diverted about US$250 from the WFP to the victims. The family says that, if there is no clear explanation about the money made available by the WFP, the funeral will be take place in the Council premises.
Cesar Ngozo says the INGC received the money, which the INGC confirms.
Two of those injured were still hospitalised, one in the district hospital and another in Chimoio Provincial Hospital.
Meanwhile, a Municipal Police officer who has allegedly shot dead the 18-year-old man is detained in the Gondola District Command. Witnesses claim that she was drunk.
Information provided by the Secretary of the Neighbourhood, Musesewa, says that the 30-year-old agent was drinking alcohol early in the morning and that he had warned her, that she could not consume on work hours.
The municipal police officer who is working 10 years in the municipality denies that she was drunk and says she feels sorry.
She is detained in the Gondola PRM District Command and awaits trial.