Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 13 October 2017.
The latest from Zitamar News:
Mozambique government expects peace deal by December
The Prime Minister confirmed in Nampula yesterday that the government is still on the same page as Renamo regarding the timetable for peace.
Mozambique airline cancels flights to tourist hotspots due to lack of planes
LAM’s latest slip-up is well timed for its new competitor, FastJet, which unveiled its Mozambique domestic flight timetable this week.
The maritime security arm of the Ministry of Transport is receiving training from the Ministry of Defence to equip it to deal with offshore threats.
The best of the rest:
Maputo still ignoring Portuguese ambassador over kidnapped citizen (Público of Portugal)
The Mozambican government has been ignoring calls from the Portuguese ambassador in Maputo for clarifications over the Portuguese businessman kidnapped at the end of July 2016 in the district of Gorongosa, whose whereabouts is unknown.
At the end of February, after seven months of silence over the case, President Filipe Nyusi sent interior minister Jaime Monteiro to Portugal where he accused Renamo of being responsible for the kidnap – something that was denied by party spokesman António Muchanga. Portugal is clearly unwilling to let the case to be forgotten – which appears to be the preference of the Mozambican government.
Armed group attacks police again in Mocimboa da Praia (MediaFax)
At least one police officer and three armed attackers are rumoured to have been killed yesterday in clashes in the district of Mocimboa da Praia, as the police continue to pursue the group of attackers who briefly took control of the town last week. According to MediaFax, the police were ambushed along the Mocimboa-Palma road at the village of Chiukulua – adding that it is still trying to confirm exactly what happened.
Hip hop star teams up with Machel family for rural electrification (STV)
US hip hop star Akon was in Maputo on Thursday to launch the Mozambican branch of his ‘Akon Lighting Africa’ project, with local partners Machel Fidus Association, an NGO run by the offspring of the country’s first president, Samora Machel. The initiative plans to spend $50 million in a first phase to provide solar-powered electrification in the provinces of Manica and Sofala. Mozambique is the first southern African country to benefit from the project, which is already in 10 other countries on the continent.
- Today: Nampula’s Municipal Assembly meets in an extraordinary session to discuss the death of mayor Mahamudo Amurane
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