Mozambique’s Labour Inspector General (IGT) suspended 33 workers from a range of countries, including France, India, Lebanon, Syria, and Burkina Faso, on Friday, who were working to build a commercial bakery in Matola, @Verdade reported today.
The suspensions of the engineers and electricians followed an IGT investigation that found the workers had been hired illegally by Espiga D’Ouro, a commercial baking operation owned by leading Maputo businessman Hussein Ali Ahmad and operated by Ahmad’s frequent business partner, Abdul Karim Ahmad. Among other holdings, Hussein Ali Ahmad’s Premier Group,owns the Maputo Premier Superspar, one of the city’s largest grocery stores.
Zitamar view: This is the second time this month that the IGT has flexed its muscle by suspending foreign employees of major business owners for lacking proper employment paperwork. Two weeks ago the Mozambican government suspended 20 Chinese employees of Wanbao Africa Agriculture Development for working in the country without permission. Wanbao operates a 7,000 hectare farm in Gaza province.
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