Mozambique’s northern Nampula province is to hold municipal elections on January 24 next year, the government announced Tuesday.
A decree was approved during the 39th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers to fill the vacancy left by former mayor Mahamudo Amurane, who was shot dead at his home a month ago.
The spokesman for the Council of Ministers, Arlindo Chilundo, told the press that the process will be led by the National Elections Commission (CNE) of Mozambique to organize a timetable to carry out the ballot.
Mahamudo Amurane’s death provoked a popular revolt in Nampula, where the locals are demanding justice over his death. After the interim mayor Manuel Tocova was appointed, he soon dismissed the staff trusted by the late mayor and appointed new members to the local administration.
The decision was so controversial that the provincial Public Prosecutor issued an intimation for Tocova to be heard in court and to explain the reasons to contradict the law and appoint councilors.
The staff appointed by Manuel Tocova, had some time ago been removed by the murdered mayor over suspicion of corruption.
The assassinated mayor, Mahamudo Amurane, was municipal president since 2013, elected as candidate of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), which is Mozambique’s third-largest party. His murder is under investigation and more than 30 suspects have already been heard in court room. Enditem