More than 300 PRM agents expelled
Police officers of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) accused of crimes such as theft and armed robbery were expelled from the corporation in an act of purifying ranks.
A total of 326 police officers from the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) were expelled from the corporation in 2020 for being involved in various types of crimes.
In the context of the announced the PRM commander-general, Bernardino Rafael, said that “the purification of the ranks is a fundamental weapon to have a pure institution that does not tarnish its good image. with us “.
For the Commander-General, the police involved, among others, in robberies and armed robbery were “prohibited from committing crimes”, calling attention to “strict respect and love for the uniform”.
He added that he is sad when there are occurrences of crimes committed by PRM agents. “I want this behavior to change. The police should not increase crime rates “, he stressed.
On the other hand, there were also 360 policemen promoted for having done a “good job”, to which the Commander-General asked them to transmit good practices to the others. “Teach colleagues, especially those who intend to deviate from the principles that guide the corporation, so that they follow your example”, he appealed.
In June 2020, the Judicial Court of the Province of Gaza, southern Mozambique, sentenced six policemen from the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) to prison terms between three and 24 years in prison for their involvement in the homicide in October 2019, of social activist and election observer Anastácio Matavel.
In addition to the conviction of the policemen, in 2020, the corporation was also marked by the arrest of agents accused of shot dead citizens, allegedly for violation of the State of Emergency. The cases deserved repudiation on the part of civil society organizations, which asked for State accountability, as provided for in the Constitution.