Mozambican cops promoted while jailed for killing observer

January 24, 2020 GMT

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Three Mozambican police officers accused of killing a leading election observer in October last year have been promoted, according to local media reports — despite two of them being in jail awaiting trial for the killing and one being on the run.

The two jailed men told a judge in a pre-trial hearing that they had been promised promotions by superiors as reward for killing Anastacio Matavele in Xai-Xai, capital of Gaza province, ahead of nationwide elections on Oct. 15, 2019.

Matavele was shot dead by a gang of five men on Oct. 7. Two of the suspects died in a car crash when they attempted to get away and two others — Edson Silica and Euclidio Mapulasse — were arrested, and one, Agapito Matavele, is in hiding and wanted by police.


According to documents signed by the Mozambique’s chief of police on Dec. 27 and obtained by the Maputo-based newspaper Savana, Silica was promoted to sub-inspector of police, and Matavele and Mapulasse to sergeant.

Silica and Mapulasse told a judge that they had been promised promotions, rather than cash, for killing the observer, Savana reported on Friday.