Zitamar Daily Briefing, 12 July 2018

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Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 12 July, 2018.

Agenda

  • Today: President Filipe Nyusi starts a four-day visit to Manica province
  • Today: Sasol joint CEOs host a round-table with Mozambican media and stakeholders, in the wake of some controversies
  • Today: Last day of a two-day conference in Maputo on local content, organized by Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbons Company, ENH
  • Today: First day of a two-day visit to Maputo by Serbian deputy PM Ivica Dacic. He will meet today with private business association CTA
  • Today: National Union of Chemical Workers (SINTIQUIAF) starts a two-day conference in Maputo to discuss how the sector works with the gas industry. The conference is in partnership with Norway’s trade union body.

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique president meets Renamo leader in bid to save October elections
Nyusi met Renamo ‘coordinator’ in Beira in an attempt to break a political impasse which is threatening elections scheduled for this October

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The best of the rest:

  • Cabo Delgado insurgents kill two, and steal defence force munitions
  • LAM interim management not yet appointed
  • Raul Domingos to support Renamo
  • Graça Machel, Isac Chande join Mozambique’s Council of State

Cabo Delgado insurgents kill two, and steal defence force munitions (Lusa)
The Cabo Delgado insurgents appear to have struck again, on Tuesday night in Quisingule, 12km from the Tanzanian border in the district of Palma – killing two people and injuring two members of the Mozambican defence forces. They also stole arms from the people they attacked. A local resident told Portuguese news agency Lusa that they’d seen 20 armed men, and said a number of houses had been burned.

LAM interim management not yet appointed (@Verdade)
President Nyusi’s insistence that national airline LAM continue to fly the football teams competing in national league Moçambola around the country has contributed to the current crisis at the company, A Verdade reports. Moçambola was almost put on hold when LAM told the league earlier this year that it would no longer provide flights until the league cleared its debts with the airline. But Canal de Moçambique said yesterday that tycoon-turned-politician Celso Correia had plugged the financing gap to keep Moçambola in the air.
LAM’s interim management committee to replace the board sacked last week has not yet been appointed, A Verdade continues, adding that some board members are still at their desks having ‘declined the invitation to step down’.
The LAM board was dismissed after a fuel shortage (stemming from a cash shortage) left it unable to run flights for a day last week. It appears to have returned to its normal schedule for the time being – but the popular joke that LAM stands for ‘late and maybe’ remains sadly relevant.

Raul Domingos to support Renamo (VoA)
Raul Domingos, the former no.2 to the late Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama who was the party’s chief negotiator in peace talks in Rome in 1992 and later expelled from the party, has said he will lend his support to Renamo at this year’s municipal elections – saying that only a united opposition can unseat ruling party Frelimo.
Domingos’ departure from Renamo was a classic case of Dhlakama not allowing any possible threat to his dominance – but the split was not as traumatic as when Daviz Simango left, so a formal reconciliation with Domingos could be on the cards in future. He remains a recognisable personality in Mozambican politics – something that is in short supply within Renamo since the passing of Dhlakama.

Graça Machel, Isac Chande join Mozambique’s Council of State (Rádio Moçambique, O País)
The Council of State, an advisory body to President Filipe Nyusi, gained three new members this week, with Nyusi formally swearing in Graca Machel, the former first lady (of both Mozambique and South Africa); former justice minister, and current parliamentary ombudsman Isac Chande; and Renamo’s Rahil Khane, who replaces Jeremias Pondeca who was murdered in Maputo in 2017.
The Council met yesterday and issued a bland communiqué praising the work of the country’s security and defence forces, and exhorting driving schools to produce safer drivers.

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