An Angolan Armed Forces sergeant shot and fatally wounded a 12-year-old boy on Saturday while celebrating a goal scored by the 1° de Agosto military football club in Lunda Norte province, northeastern Angola.
Justino Pedro, a representative of the family, told Maka Angola that Sergeant Armando Manuel of the Military Police was arrested this morning during a combined police and army operation.
After the shooting, the sergeant had sought refuge in a colleague's house.
The boy, Adão Abílio da Piedade Xavier, died in the hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning, of a bullet wound in his abdomen.
The incident occurred in the small town of Cafunfo in Cuango district, where a local businessman had installed a giant screen next to his shop in the town centre to allow more people to watch the match between 1° de Agosto and a rival club, Kabuscorp.
"My son left our house in Bala-Bala neighborhood and also went to watch the match in town," said his father, Xavier João Ngueve.
"When Kabuscorp scored their first goal, the civilians celebrated, including my son," Mr. Ngueve told Maka Angola.
The father added that when 1° de Agosto scored, an excited military officer took his pistol and shot at the boy, hitting him in the abdomen.
"My boy did nothing, said nothing, there was no discussion, just the Sergeant's excitement," Mr. Ngueve said.
Adão Xavier underwent an operation later on Saturday, but died early on Sunday.
Maka Angola has learnt that the 75th Light Infantry Brigade sent a strong military contingent to the scene of the incident to keep the situation under control and to disperse the large number of people who gathered in a spontaneous and angry protest.
Sergeant Armando Manuel was arrested today, found hiding in a colleague's house, according to a police source. The sergeant is a member of the Military Police attached to the 75th Brigade and was formerly a member of the Special Forces.
According to local activist Enoque Jeremias, sergeant Armando Manuel was "part of a group of delinquent soldiers who frequently commit offenses in Cafunfo, with complete impunity. Nothing happens to them."
Cuango municipality, especially Cafunfo, is known as a place where soldiers and private security guards regularly use violence against defenseless civilians.
The Military Compensation
In a show of sympathy, the commander of the 75th Brigade, brigadier Samuecuenha, instructed his staff to provide the casket for the child's burial, which took place today afternoon.
According to Justino Pedro, who represented the grieving father in the meeting with the military, the brigadier also ordered that the bereaved family be compensated with "5,000 kwanzas (US$50) to rent a vehicle for the burial, 2,000 kwanzas for fuel, 50 kg of rice, 25 kg of beans, two crates of beer, 10 kg of sugar, a crate of cooking oil, 24 tins of peas, 24 tins of preserved pork and 26 packets of coffee."
He said the family members "wanted to give these goods back to the army, but we advised them to take them so as to show how our authorities regard the people".
"It's tragic. Here we have a Republic of Angola, where the rulers live, and the Republic of Cuango where we, the humiliated people, live. Our rulers know no shame. Their aims is simply to humiliated us, and to destroy our dignity, especially the Lunda Tchokwe people," the father said, his voice hoarse with emotion.
"The goods that the army ordered to be delivered to my family, for my son's death, are an insult, they are part of the politics of humiliation. The order came from above," he said.
Maka Angola tried to contact brigadier Samucuenha, over the phone, without success.