Former mayor of Mozambican capital sentenced to 18 months in prison for corruption

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The former Mayor of Mozambican capital Maputo David Simango was sentenced to 18 months in prison for “the crimes of Acceptance of Offer or Promise and Abuse of Position and Function,” the country’s largest newspaper Jornal Noticias reported on Thursday.

Simango has been charged since March 2020 by the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) for an allegedly corrupt deal, in which a real estate company offered his wife a flat in exchange for the title to a plot of land where the company wanted to build a condominium, according to the paper.

The sentence, which was made by a court of Maputo’s Municipal District of Ka Mpfumo on Wednesday, also included a 15-month fine at the daily rate of a minimum wage, according to the report.

The report said the prison sentence has been converted into a fine and the apartment involved, which is worth around 457,000 U.S. dollars, has been declared property of the Mozambican state.

As a member of the ruling party Frelimo, Simango was Minister of Youth and Sports from 2005 to 2008 before he was elected Mayor of Maputo in 2008 until 2019. Enditem

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