A Maputo court on Tuesday sentenced the man who blinded Josina Machel, daughter of Mozambique’s first President, Samora Machel and of former Education Minister Graça Machel, to a prison sentence of three years and four months.
The man, Rofino Licuco, a wealthy Maputo businessman, was Josina’s boyfriend between 2012 and 2015. On October 17, 2015 he beat her on the face so badly that she was blinded in her right eye.
To the displeasure of the Machel family, the court suspended the prison sentence for five years, on the grounds that Licuco is a first offender. It also ordered him to pay Josina compensation of 200 million meticais (about R38 million) and to reimburse her for all the costs of her medical treatment.
If Licuco does not pay the compensation within 30 days, the prison sentence will be executed. However, matters could be delayed for much longer if Licuco appeals against the sentence. He has five days in which to appeal, and that will have the effect of suspending the entire sentence including the compensation.