Anti-graft crusader’s assassination condemned
Publish date: 09 October 2017
Issue Number: 746
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Amnesty International (AI) has condemned the assassination of the mayor of Mozambique's third city. Nampula mayor Mahamudo Amurane was killed on Wednesday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in the north-western city, where he was widely seen as an anti-corruption crusader. AI said Amurane had bravely tackled corruption. ‘It is no secret that this made him a target of attacks, even within his own Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) party,’ it said. A report on the News24 site notes that Amurane was elected mayor in 2013 representing Mozambique's third-largest party. However, last year he said he was leaving the party and would run in next year's elections as an independent.