Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Wednesday relieved Jorge Khalau of his duties as General Commander of the police force. No new general commander has yet been appointed.
As is usual in such statements, no reason was given for the dismissal of Khalau, who had been in the position since 2008. But on his watch the police has been severely criticized for its failure to halt the wave of kidnappings and other violent crimes in Mozambican cities.
Coincidentally or not, the removal of Khalau coincided with the first anniversary of the murder, on 3 March 2015, of Franco-Mozambican constitutional lawyer Gilles Cistac, gunned down in broad daylight as he was leaving a central Maputo café.
Despite the order by Nyusi himself to give the case top priority, the police have made no headway. The spokesperson for the police general command, Inacio Dina, admitted this week that no-one has been arrested in connection with the murder.
On 13 April 2015, the spokesperson for the Maputo City Command, Arnaldo Chefo, claimed that two of the supposed assassins had been arrested. He gave no details for fear of prejudicing the course of the investigations.
But nothing more has been heard of these two people, and speaking to reporters this week Dina could not confirm that anyone had ever been arrested. “I can’t confirm this detention”, he said. “But I know people were summoned to give statements, some because they had witnessed the crime, and others because it was suspected that they were involved. But they were later released”.
“We are still at the investigative phase”, said Dina. “Society must understand that the authorities are following the clues. When time passes without the police presenting results that the people want to see, this doesn’t mean that the police have forgotten the case”.
source: all africa
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