Author: Dan Morrison

Insurgents in Cabo Delgado are apparently allowing large numbers of hostages to leave their bases in Macomia, Muidumbe and Mocímboa da Praia districts, as food shortages start to take their toll. Sources in Macomia town estimate between 50 and 80 women, children, and elderly people have arrived there in recent days, having emerged onto the road that runs from Macomia to Awasse in Mocímboa da Praia, in particular around the villages of Chai and Muagamula. Rwandan media said on Wednesday that 120 women, men and children arrived at a joint Mozambican-Rwandan military base this week, having escaped insurgent bases. Some…

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By Peter Bofin, for the Cabo Ligado 2022 monthly report, published in full here At least 160 people who had been remanded on terrorism charges, some for as long as seven years, were released from detention in February. On 23 February, one of the largest reported refugee crossings took place just one week before a “Joint Protection Dialogue” between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the government of Tanzania’s ministries of foreign affairs and home affairs. Both issues paint a picture of the country’s response to the conflict in Cabo Delgado, and its impact on Tanzania. President…

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By Piers Pigou, for the Cabo Ligado February 2022 monthly report, published in full here February saw Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi traveling widely in a bid to secure further support and funding for operations against the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. He met regularly with African allies and ended the month with the prospect of further EU support appearing positive. His February travels came after a January in which Maputo was involved in major security discussions with continental partners, with allies committing to extending support for counter-terrorism efforts in northern Mozambique. These discussions included the SADC summit, the Rwanda-Mozambique security summit…

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Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane tells court he only learned of the Proindicus and MAM debts when creditors started asking questions around the Ematum bond restructure Current and former senior government ministers last week blamed the Mozambican secret service SISE and former finance minister Manuel Chang for engineering the so-called ‘hidden debts’ that saw the country borrow more than $2 billion to spend on an offshore security project it has never used. SISE was the body that drew up the proposal and presented it to the other sectors of the government, and it was also up to them to implement it,…

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