Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 9 August 2017.
The latest from Zitamar News:
- Pallinghurst replaces Gemfields management after successful takeover
- Syrah blames contractors for Mozambique graphite mine delay
The best of the rest:
Save the Children calls for ‘urgent measures’ on child labour in Mozambique (DW)
NGO Save the Children says urgent action is called for to combat the problem of child labour in Mozambique, proposing to get tough on the causes of more than a million children working in poor conditions.
Recently published data from the labour ministry shows that poverty often pushes children to work in mining, agriculture, street vending, and prostitution.
Debt crisis halts road improvement programme (@Verdade)
Mozambique’s public debt crisis has affected the national plan to resurface, rehabilitate, and maintain the country’s 10,000km road network. Of 125km that was supposed to be rehabilitated this year, only 6.1km has been done. Moreover, tens of bridges are unfinished and the maintenance of others remains on the drawing board.
Minister of public works Carlos Bonete blamed the freeze of financial assistance from the IMF and other donors, in the wake of last April’s discovery of the full $2bn in borrowing by ProIndicus, EMATUM, and MAM.
Horrific coach crash kills six in Vilankulo (@Verdade)
Six people were killed and 28 injured, including 10 in a serious condition, after a passenger coach ran into a parked lorry on the EN1 north-south highway on Tuesday morning in the district of Vilankulo.
Police blamed excess speed and poor visibility for the crash, which happened close to where 15 people were killed by a similar incident a year ago. As ever, there is no sign that the police have a plan to stop it happening again.
Dhlakama and Nyusi win plaudits for Sunday’s meeting (Rádio Moçambique)
Human Rights Watch (HRW), the EU, and the USA said Sunday’s meeting in Gorongosa was a significant and important step, while ruling party Frelimo and the organisation of liberation veterans agreed that Nyusi’s gesture demonstrated that dialogue is the only way to bring Mozambicans together.
Filipe Nyusi recently said he is facing pressure from within Frelimo not to compromise with Renamo, so the party’s official endorsement of his trip to Gorongosa is reassuring.
SA woman detained at Maputo airport suspected of drug smuggling (Notícias)
A South African woman was detained on Monday at Maputo airport, suspected of smuggling drugs from Brazil via Luanda on Angolan airline TAAG. The police said the suspect packages belonged to her, but did not say what substance they contained.
Interior Minister chides police over tourist extortion (O País)
Basílio Monteiro said his ministry has registered numerous complaints from foreign tourists, of excessive checks on the roads, mis-treatment, and extortion of money.
Basílio Monteiro did not mention the case of Ponta do Ouro – where the whole local force was suspended last week – but the signs are pointing to a clean-up. Let’s see if it holds through the busy New Year period in a few months’ time.
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