Zitamar Daily Briefing, 12 June 2018


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


  • Tomorrow: Brazil Seminar on Mozambican Oil and Gas, organized by Mozambique’s National Hydrocarbons Company (ENH) and the Brazilian embassy

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique opposition cries foul as Frelimo demands voter cards
The ultimate aim of the strategy is unclear, but opponents suspect the ruling party aims to manipulate the electorate or commit fraud

Mozambique rubies smash auction record as Gemfields fends off critics
The latest auction brought in $71.8m but Gemfields is still fighting to keep up the reputation as fair and transparent

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The best of the rest:

  • Four more killed in Cabo Delgado attacks
  • Nyusi promises footbridge over Maputo ring road
  • Mega-bakery workers on strike
  • FAO warns obsolete pesticides threaten lives and environment in Mozambique
  • President Nyusi promulgates new laws

Four more killed in Cabo Delgado attacks (Mediafax)
Four people were killed on Monday in an early morning assault by insurgents on the village of Changa in Nangade district of Cabo Delgado. Seven houses were burned, and the attackers fled before government forces could arrive.
The insurgency’s geographic range continues to pose problems for the government. This is the second attack in the inland district in Nangade, far from the government’s new operational command in Macomia and Quissenge.


Nyusi promises footbridge over Maputo ring road (Notícias, O País, Magazine Independente)
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi promised during a visit to the Chihango area of Maputo that the government will install a pedestrian bridge over the ring road in the next 45 days to keep children attending Chihango primary school from having to cross the dangerous highway. At least one child has died in recent months crossing to school.
Nyusi’s speech comes a day after he chided protesters in Chihango and other areas of Maputo for complaining over their unsafe living conditions, saying they could live somewhere else if they did not like life in the capital. Nyusi’s comments came under heavy criticism on social media, and within a day he changed course.

Mega-bakery workers on strike (O País)
Workers in Mozambique’s largest bakery, Espiga d’Ouro, suspended work on Monday in protest against several alleged violations of labor laws by management and lack of intervention from authorities. The strike, which included drivers as well as bakers and laborers, prevented Monday’s bread distribution.
Maputo’s smaller bakers will be delighted – they are being put out of business by Espiga d’Ouro, whose short history so far has already been chequered with labour issues.

FAO warns obsolete pesticides threaten lives and environment in Mozambique (VoA)
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned that 300 tonnes of dangerous pesticides in Mozambique are a contamination threat to the land and water supplies if not disposed of properly. In an interview yesterday, FAO official Khalid Cassam said that roughly $6 million is needed for the disposal process.
Mozambique has banned dangerous pesticides, but they are legal in neighboring countries and frequently enter the country through informal, cross-border trade.

President Nyusi promulgates new laws (Rádio Moçambique, Lusa)
Mozambique’s president approved the constitutionality of three key laws, namely the revision of the constitution that is part of peace negotiations between the government and Renamo; a law establishing the Mozambican Financial Information Office; and a law creating commissions to regulate public companies.
Presidential promulgation means they’re now officially on the statute.

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