Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 8 September, 2017.
The latest from Zitamar News:
Mozambique rail operators armour-plate trains in response to attacks
Seven attacks on Mozambique’s railways in 2016 – popularly attributed to Renamo – has led the operators of the northern network to armour-plate their locomotives.
Mozambique energy and mining ministry seeks consultants for internal review
The World Bank is putting up the cash for consultants to help MIREME reevaluate its organisation and its role.
The best of the rest:
Nyusi promises a cement factory for Niassa (AIM)
Construction will start this year on a new cement factory in Niassa province, President Nyusi told a Victory Day rally there on Thursday. Nyusi claimed the factory will create at least 500 jobs in the far north-western province.
Niassa will be a swing province in the 2019 elections – Renamo claims it won in 2014, but the official results show Nyusi beating Dhlakama by 48% to 45%, and a wider Frelimo margin in the assembly elections. There will be all to play for if there is an election for the provincial governorship in 2019 – so Frelimo can be expected to keep showing love to ‘the forgotten province’. Meanwhile, Mozambique’s existing cement producers say they can more than satisfy domestic demand already.
Mozambique parliamentarians head to Portugal to talk decentralisation (MediaFax)
A delegation from Mozambique’s Assembleia da República will visit Portugal from 11-17 September to talk to their counterparts there about the pros and cons of different models for decentralisation and devolution of political power, and how they can be implemented in practice.
In January and February, the same group of deputies went to Spain and Germany for the same reason – seen as a signal that Frelimo is ready to make serious moves on decentralisation as per Renamo’s demands. Afonso Dhlakama has said we should expect a definitive agreement in the next 2-3 months.
Spending cuts hit health, education, and water (Correio da Manhã)
The Mozambique government cut spending in all social sectors, in particular health, education, and water, during the first half of 2017. A report on the implementation of the state budget shows that spending on the ‘social sector’ was 44.9 billion meticais, almost 16% down on H1 2016.
A Verdade recently reported that the Presidency was one of Mozambique’s institutions which saw its budget increase, by 10%, while the ministries of health and education saw cuts of around 9%.
Hungry prisoners tortured after escape attempt in Tete (VoA)
An amateur video of six prisoners in Tete province has emerged, showing them confessing under torture to having tried to escape prison after being denied food while incarcerated. All six were shown handcuffed, being forced to stand on one leg, and showing bruises on their bodies.
Secret services officer in Zambezia detained after murder on the dancefloor (CAICC)
The district head of Mozambique’s secret services, SISE, in Luabo, Zambezia province, is in custody in Gurue accused of killing a young man in a discotheque on 26 August. The district police commander said that Zemi Virgílio Fortunato shot his victim with a pistol, and fled – but was caught hours later by the police.
Bank of Mozambique exchange rates as at 12:30
© 2017, Zitamar Ltd. Reproduction and dissemination prohibited without written permission.