Mozambique: Autopsies to Be Carried Out On Bodies Found in Macossa

Autopsies are to be carried out on eleven bodies found in an advanced state of decomposition in Macossa district in the central Mozambican province of Manica.

According to the Beira daily newspaper “Diario de Mocambique”, the bodies were exhumed on 23 June and taken to the morgue at Beira Central Hospital (HCB).

Inacio Vumbuca, from the Manica branch of the public prosecutor’s office, stated that the autopsies will form part of a criminal investigation into the deaths.

The bodies were found after reports circulated of a mass grave in Gorongosa district, in the neighbouring province of Sofala. However, the police came under criticism for burying the bodies in situ on 7 May rather than removing them immediately for further examination.

The newspaper stated that the Manica provincial police commander, Armando Mude, has confirmed that the corpses were found in an area frequented by members of the armed militia of the opposition party Renamo.

The police commander revealed this whilst speaking to members of the Commission on Constitutional and Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, who are investigating the allegations of mass graves in Manica and Sofala province.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique