Zitamar Daily Briefing, 14 August 2018

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Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 14 August, 2018.

Agenda

  • Today: A group of media and civil society organisations submit a petition to the Ombudsman’s office asking for newly instituted press fees to be declared unconstitutional
  • Today: Mozambique’s Tax Authority (AT) releases a summary of revenue collections for the first half of 2018
  • Today: Round table on implementation challenges for the Extractive Industry Authority, organized by the Institute for Multiparty Democracy

The latest from Zitamar News:

Samora Machel Jr. enters Maputo mayoral race at 11th hour

The defection of the scion of Frelimo’s royal family has caused serious disquiet in the ruling party, and challenges the facade of unity that it has so diligently cultivated over decades. (Frelimo Secretary-General Roque Silva said: “He is free to run, and we encourage it.”)

Exxon-Eni seek fibre optic connection to US and Europe, via Tanzania

Eni and ExxonMobil want a high-speed internet connection linking the Afungi peninsula with their head offices, via Dar Es Salaam

Photo of the day:

Samora Machel Jr.’s declaration that he will run for the Maputo mayoralty on the AJUDEM ticket

The best of the rest:

  • Energy minister Max Tonela may have violated Public Probity Law
  • 11 youth turned away by police on their way to Cabo Delgado
  • Nearly 900 government workers strike in Quelimane
  • Augusto Mbazo leads MDM ticket in Maputo

Energy minister Max Tonela may have violated Public Probity Law (Marcelo Mosse)

Mozambique’s minister of mineral resources and energy, Max Tonela, and Carlos Zacarias, head of the oil and gas regulator INP, may have violated the country’s public probity law over the weekend by accepting a charter flight to Pemba paid for by Anadarko, according to Mozambican journalist Marcelo Mosse. Article 25 of the law states that public servants cannot accept gifts, loans, or other offers that may jeopardise their independence or the credibility and authority of their institutions.
Mosse was forced today to publish another article admitting that he accepted travel expenses from INP to cover the same conference. That may also be suspect, but it’s hardly on the same level as government ministers accepting hospitality from the companies that they regulate.

11 youth turned away by police on their way to Cabo Delgado (Rádio Moçambique)

Eleven people, aged between 18 and 39, were returned to their families in Morrumbala, Zambézia province, by police after being stopped on the road to Cabo Delgado province and being unable to explain the reason for their trip. The owner of the vehicle they were traveling in, according to police, had offered the youth between 500 and 1,000 meticais ($8.64 to $17.29) for unspecified employment in the northern province.
Police say they are investigating if the offer is related to recruitment for the ongoing Cabo Delgado insurgency.

Nearly 900 government workers strike in Quelimane (DW, O País)

Some 900 government workers in Quelimane stopped work early Monday morning as part of a longstanding disagreement over the handling of their social security contributions. Quelimane mayor Manuel de Araújo met with the strikers and the two sides agreed to create a joint commission to investigate the status of social security contributions, ending the strike after three hours.
Government employees have been questioning whether their social security contributions will be available to them at retirement since 2012, but one worker said that the disagreement had come to a head now  as there was concern that Araújo’s recent switch to Renamo will mean that he will lose the mayoral race and the progress made so far with the administration on securing their pensions will be lost.

Augusto Mbazo leads MDM ticket in Maputo (O País)

Augusto Mbazo will be the Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (MDM) candidate for mayor of Maputo in 10 October municipal elections. Mbazo was deputy head of the MDM caucus in the Maputo municipal assembly and is now the caucus head, with former leader Ismael Nhacucue having decamped for Renamo.
Mbazo faces a field crowded with more recognized faces, including Renamo’s Venâncio Mondlane, Frelimo’s Eneas Comiche, and Samora Machel Jr. representing the civil society organization AJUDEM. Gilberto Mendes, however, will not run for the JPC Association – whose list will be headed by Swiss-born Philippe Gagnon, running for the third time.

© 2018, Alexandre Nhampossa. All rights reserved.

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