Mozambican gov’t decrees two-day national mourning for victims of fatal road accident

Mozambique starts Wednesday a two-day national mourning decreed by the government in memory of the victims of the deadly car crash that killed 32 people in the district of Manhica, Southern province of Maputo.

The announcement was made by the Spokesperson of the Council of Ministers, Filimao Suazi, after a regular session in Maputo.

The spokesperson said that during the mourning period the national flag will be hoisted at half-mast throughout the national territory and in the diplomatic and consular missions of the country.

“The Council of Ministers has set up an independent and multidisciplinary investigation committee to determine the causes of the accident and propose measures aiming at reducing road accidents in the country,” said Suazi.

The crash, involving one cargo truck and a bus, took place on national EN1 road last Saturday and resulted in the death of 32 people and the injury of 26 others who are still being hospitalized.