23 January 2013

Mozambique: Provincial Attorney Mows Down Children

Maputo — The chief attorney of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, Arone Nhaca, killed two children in a traffic accident on Monday, and seriously injured a third, who is still fighting for his life in an Inhambane hospital.

According to the spokesperson for the general command of the Mozambican police, Pedro Cossa, cited in Wednesday’s issue of the independent newsheet “Mediafax”, the incident occurred in the town of Quissico, and was caused because Nhaca was driving too fast in an area where there is a speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour.

The three children, aged between 10 and 14, were on the pavement near their school, preparing to cross to the other side of the road. They were taken by surprise when a Ford Ranger mounted the pavement and struck them.

Although the vehicle involved belongs to the Inhambane Provincial Finance Directorate, it was being driven by Arone Nhaca.

Cossa lamented the fact that the accident was caused by someone who, by virtue of his position, ought to have a thorough knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern driving. Yet he had chosen to break those laws, and the result was the death of two children.

The police have every intention of pressing criminal proceedings against Nhaca for his reckless driving.

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