24 killed, 145 injured and 38 arrested in two weeks of election campaign

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is running again in the October 15 elections.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is running again in the October 15 elections.

  |  EPA/MIGUEL A. LOPES

In the first two weeks of the October 15 election campaign, the Public Integrity Center has recorded 24 deaths, 145 injuries and 38 arrests.

Nampula, where on September 11, following a rally of the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo), 10 people were killed and 98 injured, is the province where there is more violence associated with the general election (presidential and legislative election campaigns) which will take place on October 15.

According to the Center for Public Integrity (CIP), a Mozambican civil society organization, in the second week of the campaign there were 12 deaths, all in Nampula. In addition to the 10 mentioned above, the organization also remarks the death of two police officers who died after a car accident in the Memba district, while they were moving to Nacala Porto to reinforce the security of the electoral caravan of current president and candidate of Frelimo to the October election, Filipe Nyusi.

These 12 cases add to the other 12 during the first week of the election campaign, which brings the death toll of the process to 24.

CIP says that the total number of injured people is 145, 116 alone in the second week. Again, the incident in Nampula concentrates the largest number of cases (98), to which seven more are added from the Gaza province, "resulting from fights between Frelimo supporters and their ND counterparts, after the caravans of the two parties crossed in Chokwe. Two other cases of injuries from aggression among political party supporters were reported in the Tete province, in the Chifunde and Moatize districts", stated the CIP.

Regarding arrests, CIP added 5 cases in the second week - related to the damaging of advertising material - to the 33 cases registered in the first week.

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