Two jurists today considered that the abuses of the Mozambican police in applying the state of emergency enacted to prevent covid-19 reflect the "repressive pattern" and "impunity" of the agents.
Custódio Duma, a jurist and human rights specialist, considered that the Mozambican police act with exaggeration, because "the repression is in its genetic code".
"The excesses we see have always been present in the 'modus operandi' of the Mozambican police, they are part of the genetic code, they do not happen only with the state of emergency", he defended.
Duma pointed out the beating until the death of a citizen in Beira, capital of Sofala province, central Mozambique, in April, by police officers, the aggression of citizens and the public display of citizens suspected of violating the restrictions of the state of emergency as events that show "the repressive pattern of the police".
For the jurist, the deficient knowledge of the laws also leads to punishment by the agents of authority.
"Normally, our police show a deficient knowledge of the legislation and this situation is aggravated by an unprecedented reality such as the state of emergency", he stressed.
Custódio Duma recalled that the presidential decree on the state of emergency emphasizes proportionality in the application of measures to prevent Covid-19.
For his part, Baltazar Faela, a jurist at the Center for Public Integrity (CIP), a Mozambican civil society organization, referred to impunity as one of the causes of the authorities' abuses, recalling the principle of law, which says that "ignorance of the law does not enjoy anyone ".
"There is a complacency in the police hierarchy and often even complicity in relation to the hit," noted Baltazar Faela.
Criminal and disciplinary accountability of police officers involved in tramples only happens when these cases are discovered and reported by civil society, he noted.
Mozambique records a cumulative of 145 positive cases of Covid-19, but no deaths.
The country has been in a state of emergency since April 1st and until the end of May, with closed spaces for fun and leisure, prohibition of all types of events and agglomerations, and the population is recommended to stay at home if they have no reason to work or other essentials to deal with.
During the same period, there is a limited capacity for public transport with mandatory use of masks, schools are closed and the issuance of visas to enter the country is suspended.
In Africa, there are 2,834 confirmed deaths, with more than 88,000 infected in 54 countries, according to the latest statistics on the continent's pandemic.
At a global level, according to a balance sheet by the AFP news agency, the Covid-19 it has caused more than 318,000 deaths and infected more than 4.8 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1.7 million patients were considered cured.