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Zitamar News provides reliable and intelligent daily news and analysis on Mozambique’s economy, politics, and business sectors, with a particular focus on the extractive industry. Zitamar News is written and edited in Maputo by Tom Bowker and Leigh Elston, and by Gavriel Hollander in London - with contributions from a network of reporters in Mozambique and the region. Read more here. To contact the editors, including leads or tips in confidence, please email: news@zitamar.com

Kroll Report Former Finance Minster Manuel Chang addressing a Frelimo party meeting on 27 February 2017. Photo © Alexandre Nhampossa / Zitamar News
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A final decision on whether to send former Mozambican finance minister to Mozambique or the United States “will be made once the court process has run its course,” South Africa’s Ministry of Justice said today, after the South African foreign minister said a decision had already been taken to [...]

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Oil & Gas A gas pipeline under construction. Photo © Fluor
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South Africa’s energy minister will visit Mozambique in March to discuss the possibility of building a giant pipeline to import Rovuma Basin gas into South Africa. “We are talking. We will have a bilateral [meeting] sometime in March with the minister of energy in Mozambique,” Jeff Radebe [...]

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Extractives A early visualisation of how Mozambique's onshore LNG project could be laid out. Image: Anadarko
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Anadarko could take FID on its Mozambique LNG project at the end of March after signing a sale and purchase agreement (SPA) to sell one million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of LNG to Indonesia’s Pertamina - bringing its total contracted volumes to 9.5 [...]

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Extractives Operations on offshore Area 1, Mozambique. Photo: Anadarko
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Anadarko and its partners the Mozambique LNG project have signed a binding LNG sales agreement with Bharat Gas Resources, a subsidiary of India’s Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) – a 10% shareholder in Area 1 – for 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) for 15 years, the company announced on [...]

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Politics Renamo soldiers pose in Gorongosa during the party's Congress in January 2019. Photo © Tom Bowker / Zitamar News
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New steps towards implementing the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) of Renamo’s men have raised hopes that a definitive peace agreement could be signed by the government and Renamo by April - essential to ensure elections can take place “free from the threat of violence,” [...]

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Electricity Sasol's gas processing facility at Temane, Mozambique. Photo © Tom Bowker / Zitamar News
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A final investment decision (FID) on Sasol’s 400 MW gas-fired power plant in Inhambane province, and an associated transmission line to Maputo - initially slated for 2018 - is still likely to be at least 18 months away. The integrated development plan for the Central Termica de Temane (CTT) [...]

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Kroll Report Graça Machel. Image from www.fdc.org.mz
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Graça Machel, a major political figure in Mozambique and widow of Mozambique’s first president Samora Machel, and of Nelson Mandela, has written to Credit Suisse urging it absolve Mozambique of the responsibility to repay the $2 billion in debt that it helped arrange for companies owned by [...]

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Kroll Report Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário and Deputy Finance Minister Maria Isaltina Lucas at a briefing on 1 March 2017. Photo © Alexandre Nhampossa  / Zitamar News
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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi yesterday dismissed Maria Isaltina Lucas as deputy finance minister, potentially clearing the way for her to face prosecution for her role in the $2.2 billion ‘hidden debts’ scandal. The dismissal is an “appropriate measure” which removes her immunity as a [...]

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Politics Young men farming in Nkondezi, Tete province, in January 2019. Photo © Fungai Caetano / Zitamar News
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Claims that Renamo has been mistreating Mozambicans returning to Tete province from a refugee camp in Malawi have been met with scepticism from the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR, that manages the camp. In January Mozambique’s National Defence and Security Council (Conselho [...]

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Extractives Carlos Zacarias, head of petroleum regulator INP. Photo © Fungai Caetano / Zitamar News
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Carlos Zacarias, the chairman of Mozambique’s petroleum regulator INP, is facing legal action from a consortium that bid in Mozambique’s fifth oil and gas licensing round and is accusing the director of abuse of power and falsifying documents. The consortium, led by ShoreCan – 

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