Mozambique Constitutional Lawyer Cistac Badly Hurt in Shooting

Gilles Cistac, a constitutional law expert who has said the call by Mozambique’s main opposition for an autonomous region has merit, was wounded in a shooting Tuesday in the capital, Maputo.

Cistac is in a serious condition after bullets struck him in the thorax and abdomen and was undergoing surgery, a spokesman for Maputo’s Central Hospital told reporters. Cistac was shot in a cafe on Avenida Eduardo Mondlane, one of the city’s main boulevards, local news service CanalMoz reported.

Cistac has been quoted in local media this year as saying that calls by the Mozambique National Resistance for greater autonomy for the north and center of the country could be justified under the constitution. Renamo disputes the results of October elections and is demanding greater autonomy for areas where it polled the most votes.

Cistac is a professor in the law faculty at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique’s biggest and most prestigious. He is also a member of the Mozambican Academy of Sciences and sits on the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, according to a profile published on the website of Mozambique’s Governance and Development Institute, of which he is also a member.

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