Over 20 elderly people killed over witchcraft claims

Over 20 elderly people have been murdered this year in Mozambique as a result of their alleged involvement in witchcraft.

According to Radio Mozambique, this was disclosed in Maputo on Monday by the Forum Terceira Idade (Third Age Forum), during a meeting with the Prime Minister, Aires Aly.

The Forum urged the government to speed up the adoption of laws to protect the elderly. The Forum also demanded that the perpetrators of these crimes to be punished severely as an example to others.

Reacting to these concerns, Prime Minister Aires Aly said the government will continue to assist the elderly.

The abuse is worse in the southern province of Inhambane, where 19 elderly people have been killed in the last three months.

The districts of Zavala and Morrumbene have been worst hit, with both totalling seven cases of murder. A total of 15 suspects have been arrested by the police.

Valdemar Armindo, spokesperson for the Mozambican police in Inhambane, expressed his concern with the current situation and called on people to refrain from using force to tackle their problems.

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