Zitamar Daily Briefing, 10 July 2018

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Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 10 July, 2018.

Agenda

  • Today: Finance minister to meet private business association CTA to discuss a revision of the country’s public-private partnership (PPP) law

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique mining companies accused of pollution and tax dodging
Manica government accuses companies of underreporting production to avoid taxes

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The best of the rest:

  • Four more beheadings in Cabo Delgado
  • Railways investing to take South Africa traffic off the EN4 highway
  • Yaqub Sibindy to join Renamo
  • Beira Central Hospital facing water shortages
  • Gold miner loses licence in Niassa over environmental concerns
  • Another albino child kidnapped in Niassa
  • Two fishing boats burned in Beira

Four more beheadings in Cabo Delgado (MediaFax)
Mediafax has another report of decapitations in Cabo Delgado, this time in a village in the district of Mocimboa da Praia, where the insurgency began last October. Four people in Mbau village were beheaded on Sunday, according to the report.
After an apparent lull in activity, the insurgents have returned to their gruesome violence. The Mozambican authorities are denying foreign journalists permits to report from Cabo Delgado, but there is increasingly good information coming from local reporters and sources on the ground.

Railways investing to take South Africa traffic off the EN4 highway (Noticias)
Mozambique’s state-owned rail and ports company CFM is making investments, including the rehab of two bridges and buying new rolling stock, in an attempt to attract goods traffic off the EN4 highway between Maputo and South Africa.
Maputo Port is also part of the efforts to take goods – particularly coal and ores – off the road, something which would be good for other road users and those living near the road.

Yaqub Sibindy to join Renamo (Notícias)
Yaqub Sibindy, perhaps Mozambique’s highest-profile politician outside of the three main parties, has decided to join Renamo – quitting the E-POVO coalition that he, as head of the PIMO party, had set up with other marginal parties. It is unclear whether PIMO or E-POVO will continue without him.
Sibindy is a nephew of Renamo’s late leader Afonso Dhlakama, and has a history of calling on all opposition parties to join up to beat Frelimo. The smaller parties are reputed to exist mainly to get government cash meant to help them run election campaigns – something which is not on offer for this year’s municipal elections, which could explain why Sibindy is now willing to join Renamo. He is not thought likely to figure as a mayoral candidate, however.

Beira Central Hospital facing water shortages (Notícias)
Patients at the main hospital in the port city of Beira are having to bring their own water to the hospital after a water shortage, which has been ongoing for years, reached critical levels last week. The entity supplying the water says it will resolve the problem of low pressure in the mains this year.
A situation that should never be allowed to happen – and isn’t being treated with the urgency it deserves. There could be politics at play, as the municipality is run by the opposition.

Gold miner loses licence in Niassa over environmental concerns (Notícias)
The government says it will cancel Australian-owned gold mining company Gold One’s exploration licence in the Sanga district of Niassa, saying the company has been exploring for 12 years, when the mining law stipulates an exploration period of five to 10 years. The mining operation is also accused of polluting the Rovuma river.
It’s unclear whether the company had found gold or not, but the suspicion is that it had been mining on an exploration licence thereby avoiding having to pay royalties and other taxes associated with a full-fledged mining operation.

Another albino child kidnapped in Niassa (DW, Radio Mocambique)
An albino child was abducted on Monday morning in Lichinga, capital of Niassa province, after kidnappers made a hole in the wall to the child’s bedroom.
Parts of Mozambique and neighbouring countries still believe that albinos, or their body parts, possess magic powers, which is what is behind these kidnaps.

Two fishing boats burned in Beira (O País)
Two fishing boats were destroyed by fire on Saturday morning in Beira port; the police say they don’t know the cause of the fire, but they suspect deliberate arson.

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