RESIDENTS NEAR MOZAMBICAN MILITARY BARRACKS PROTEST MILITARY TRAINING AFTER SHOOTING DEATH OF CHILD

MAPUTO– Residents of the Sidwava neighbourhood in the southern Mozambican city of Matola have marched to the office here of President Filipe Nyusi to protest the military training exercises held at a barracks near their homes, after a stray bullet from one of these training exercises allegedly entered a Sidwava house and killed a six year old child.

The spokesperson for the Maputo provincial police command, Fernando Manhica, had told reporters that the child’s name was Gervasio Manguaze and he confirmed that when the child was shot, at about 11 am, a shooting exercise was indeed taking place at the barracks.

Members of the police, the National Criminal Investigation Service (SERNIC) and of the Motorised Infantry Regiment of the armed forces, visited the house and confirmed that the child had been shot in the abdomen.

About 100 demonstrators on Monday gathered at the Teachers’ Garden in central Maputo and marched through the city streets to Nyusi’s office, singing religious songs.

The tesidents said this was the second time they had marched. They had also sent letters to the President calling for an end to the military training being conducted at the barracks, but had not yet received a reply.

When they reached Nyusi’s office, a delegation was sent inside to explain their problems. Two hours later, they received their answer: the President’s office was remitting the dispute to the Governor of Maputo province, Raimundo Diomba.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK