Mozambique: Municipal policemen arrested for extortion

Mozambique’s Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has arrested two members of the Maputo Municipal Police for extorting money from drivers of the minibus-taxis, commonly known as “chapas”.

According to a GCCC press release, the arrests took place on Wednesday, after the two policemen had been spotted in the Maputo neighbourhood of Mavalane illicitly seizing their victims’ driving licences, insurance documents, and vehicle ownership documents. The police returned the documents – but only on payment of sums varying between 20 and 100 meticais (between 74 US cents and 3.7 dollars).

But there was also a team of GCCC investigators in the vicinity who saw what was going on, and caught the two policemen red-handed.

The two men have not been named and are currently under detention, awaiting criminal proceedings against them.

The mayor of Maputo, David Simango, cited in Friday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, confirmed the arrests, and said this measure should serve as an example to other members of the Municipal Police, warning them of the consequences of illicit activities.

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