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Zitamar Daily Briefing, 11 August 2017


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 11 August 2017.

NOTICE: The Daily Briefing will be on holiday next week, returning on Tuesday, 22 August.

The latest from Zitamar News:

Anadarko, Eni sign Mozambique LNG concession agreements
The agreements have been one of the major sticking points in getting the onshore LNG projects started.

Bank of Mozambique warns government borrowing could fuel more inflation
The bank lowered rates slightly – which will be a slight relief to the business community – but warned the downward trend in inflation could be threatened if the government doesn’t tighten austerity.

The best of the rest:

Anadarko FID expected next year, minister says (MediaFax)
Anadarko’s Final Investment Decision on its onshore LNG project should come next year, energy and natural resources minister Leticia Klemens said during the signing of the marine concession agreements that took place in the Bank of Mozambique’s new building yesterday.
After yesterday’s signings – and June’s FID on Eni’s Coral South project – this time, ‘next year’ really could mean next year.

Frelimo General to expand controversial mining empire (Savana)
Mwiriti Limitada, the Mozambican company controlled by retired general and member of Frelimo’s Political Commission, Raimundo Pachinuapa, is looking to add to its portfolio of mining prospects following the success – and controversies – of the ruby mine it owns with Gemfields in Montepuez. The company has lodged 20 licence requests with mining regulator INAMI for various mineral resources including graphite, gold, stones and base metals in different districts in Cabo Delgado and Tete provinces.
Pachinuapa was recently reported to be selling out of a number of Mwiriti-related special purpose entities – but the company’s thirst to continue profiting from mining apparently continues despite the horrific stories of torture and abusethat swirl around the Montepuez ruby mine.

State institutions owe 2bn meticais to EDM (@Verdade)
The Ministry of Defence, water utility FIPAG, Aeroportos de Moçambique and Rádio Moçambique are among those in debt to electricity utility EDM. However, Mozambique state-owned company debts are put in the shade by the 6bn meticais owed by Zambian power company Zesco.
Unlike Zesco, EDM continues to supply its sister state-owned companies – but with debts mounting, this situation is not sustainable forever. Mozambique, may decide to take similar action to that in Tanzania, where the utility was ordered to cut off all non-payers, including state institutions.

45 hectares of sugarcane destroyed at troubled Maragra plantation (AIM)
The continuing strike at Illovo’s Maragra sugar plantation has destroyed almost 45 hectares of cane.Strike representatives claim that shooting by the police set fire to at least part of the burned crop.

Elections commission wants to run census pilot, work with media (Lusa, AIM)
Mozambique’s National Election Commission, the CNE, said it will have a trial run of its electoral census this year, to test equipment and staff for the official process that should start on 1 March 2018. CNE head Abdul Carimo also said he wants to set up a ‘joint work platform’ with media organisations to improve the quality of election coverage.

Government orders 800,000 desks made from seized timber (Lusa)
The Ministry of Education said yesterday it will order 800,000 desks made from timber seized under the environment ministry’s ‘Operação Tronco’. The operation is currently auctioning off the 50,283 cubic metres of wood that it seized. The proceeds are supposed to pay for the desks to be made.

Mozambican citizenship still for sale (MediaFax)
Mozambican ID cards are still available to buy on the black market, with staff of the national directorate for civil identification – DNIC – facing disciplinary and criminal processes for their alleged involvement, according to Mediafax. DNIC said yesterday that they’ve found 45 cases of fake Mozambican ID cards going to foreigners – in particular Portuguese, Zimbabweans, and Nigerians.

EDM connects ex-Renamo HQ to the national grid (AIM)
Satungira in the district of Gorongosa – the site of Renamo’s historic base, now under the control of state forces – was yesterday connected to the national electricity grid for the first time, in a ceremony attended by President Filipe Nyusi.
If the military hadn’t kept control of the Satungira base – something which has caused controversy in recent weeks – this could have been hailed as a sign of de-partizanisation of Frelimo-controlled state institutions like EDM. As it is, it looks like electrification will only arrive in your village if and when you drive out Renamo.

Happening today

  • Day two of President Filipe Nyusi’s visit to Sofala province.

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