Slain Mozambican journo remembered

2010-11-23 09:02

kalahari.com

Maputo - Family and friends of slain Mozambican journalist Carlos Cardoso on Monday unveiled a monument in his memory on the spot where he was gunned down 10 years ago in the capital Maputo.

A group of about 150 people gathered on the Rua dos Martires da Machava, where artists read some of his poems and his son performed a song.

"We decided to transform this place to celebrate the life of Carlos Cardoso," the journalist's widow, Nina Berg, 51, told the crowd.

"We don't want to think of his death. This is where we are close to him."

One of Africa's most respected newsmen, Cardoso was killed after exposing the theft of $14m from state bank BCM on the eve of its privatisation four years earlier.

Six people were convicted of the murder. Two of them, a prominent banker and a former BCM branch manager, were also among a group of seven convicted of defrauding the bank.

Then-president Joaquim Chissano's son Nyimpine was charged with ordering Cardoso's killing, but died before the case came to trial.

The other convictions, however, gave the family closure in the case and they have moved on, Berg told journalists. She has since remarried and moved to Denmark.

An artistic presentation of tree stumps and rocks along the sidewalk form the monument, with the journalist's poems written on some of the objects.

"Cardoso was a man that did not want anything formal," his friend and well-known Mozambican writer Mia Couto told AFP.

"We kept it most simple. This is just the road reconstructed with some beauty."

Plans to commemorate the anniversary include a TV programme conceived as a "national debate" on Cardoso's work, and a revival of a play about Cardoso's life by Swedish playwright and crime writer Henning Mankell.

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