Zitamar Daily Briefing, 11 July 2018


Welcome to a free edition of Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 11 July, 2018.

Today we feature news that the concessionaire of the Port of Beira has agreed to invest $290 million in upgrading the facility – betting on an economic recovery in neighbouring Zimbabwe which is gearing up for crucial elections at the end of this month.

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  • Today: President Nyusi inaugurates new members of the Mozambican Council of State
  • Today: First day of a two-day conference in Maputo on local content, organized by Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbons Company, ENH
  • Today: Serbia’s deputy PM Ivica Dačić starts a 2-day visit to Mozambique

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique drops stock exchange requirement for international oil and gas companies
The confusion over whether international companies would have to “register” on the local bourse held up the signing of exploration and production concession contracts on blocks awarded in October 2015

Mozambique’s Beira Port to see $290m upgrade after concession is extended
The investment is a bet on Mozambique’s hinterland and in particular Zimbabwe, where hopes are high for economic recovery following the ousting of Robert Mugabe

Portucel to invest $140m more in Mozambique forestry project
The Portuguese company has agreed with government to develop its eucalyptus forestry concession in two phases

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The best of the rest:

  • Police refuse to confirm latest Cabo Delgado attack
  • Family and friends of assassinated Nampula mayor create political party
  • Mozambique denounces mistreatment of Mozambican citizens in South Africa
  • Nearly 300 independence war veterans claim government assistance

Police refuse to confirm latest Cabo Delgado attack (MediaFax, O País)
Mozambican national police spokesman Inácio Dina said yesterday that police have no record of an attack in Palma district of Cabo Delgado province over the weekend, contradicting reporting and photos that came out on Sunday. Dina claimed that the situation in Cabo Delgado is under control.
There were false reports over the weekend of an attack in Quionga, in Palma district, but there is strong evidence that the purported attack in Macanga, also in Palma district, took place. Dina’s refusal to discuss the attack likely reflects a new government strategy to limit information on the crisis in Cabo Delgado, including by refusing press accreditation to foreign correspondents looking to cover the conflict.

Interactive map of attack locations (click here to view in browser)

Family and friends of assassinated Nampula mayor create political party (Lusa)
A group of family and friends of Mahamudo Amurane, the mayor of Nampula who was assassinated in October 2017, announced yesterday that they have created a party inspired by Amurane’s ideas that will contest municipal elections in Nampula scheduled for 10 October. The party is called the Associação Moçambicana de Amor à Justiça, Paz e Solidariedade (AMAJPS), and it was registered in April with Castro Niquina as its secretary-general.
Before his assassination, Mahamudo Amurane had made public his intention to form a new political party due to his ongoing feud with his original party, MDM. It will be hard for those he left behind to recapture his political skill and magnetism, however – the qualities which probably led to him being seen as too great a threat to the established political order.

Mozambique denounces mistreatment of Mozambican citizens in South Africa (VoA, O País)
Mozambican national director of human rights Albachir Macassar said yesterday in Maputo that Mozambique is concerned about the conditions suffered by its citizens who are deported from South Africa after migrating there illegally. Macassar said that Mozambicans are being treated “like animals” by South African authorities, and that the government is studying ways to sue for better treatment of migrants at the UN level. He would not rule out issuing an official protest to the South African government in Pretoria.

Nearly 300 independence war veterans claim government assistance (DW)
About 300 veterans of Mozambique’s war for independence are claiming government assistance in the resettlement centre of Chijiguiri, in Inhambane province, where they were sent after being removed from Maputo by the Machel administration to go to the bush and produce food. The project they had been working on lost international funding in 1992, and since then they have received very little help from the government. The provincial government has promised to act to ensure that the veterans receive assistance.

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