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A corrupt police for a corrupt country

The lawlessness in police ranks is reflected in Mozambican society

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Website Carta de Moçambique found black comedy at the weekend in an instruction from the desk of national police commander Bernardino Rafael, ordering his subordinates to come up with recommendations for how to tackle the problem of police involvement in crime, specifically robberies and kidnappings. For Carta, this is “Bernardino at his worst”. Responsibility for police criminality lies with Rafael, it goes on, for not taking steps to crack down on it, for example by bringing in technical assistance from foreign countries.

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