Zitamar Daily Briefing, 15 December 2017


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 15 December, 2017.

The latest from Zitamar News:

Government spending is slowing Mozambique economic recovery, IMF warns
There’s been little positive news to report on Mozambique’s economic growth this year. The government’s efforts to rein in spending and address the hidden debt scandal have left the Fund unimpressed.

Mozambique president visits Tanzania for gas and security talks
The trans-Rovuma relationship has gained new significance in the light of attacks in and around Mocimboa da Praia

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The best of the rest:

Vale workers on strike at Moatize coal mine (Developing story)
Workers are on strike this morning at Vale’s coal mine in Moatize. Political analyst Egidio Vaz says on Facebook that they are “demanding observance of contractual terms, which have been largely violated by their bosses”. The company tells Zitamar it is still working out the reasons behind the industrial action.

Onshore oil and gas block awarded to Canadian-led consortium (Press Release)
ShoreCan, a joint venture between Canadian Overseas Petroleum Limited (COPL) and Shoreline Energy International, has been awarded onshore Block PT5-B under Mozambique’s 5th exploration Licensing Round, more than two years after the other licensing round winners were announced. COPL says it believes the block, which surrounds the north, west, and southwest margins of Sasol’s Pande field in Inhambane province, could also contain light oil and gas. ShoreCan holds a 57% interest in the bidding consortium, alongside Bluegreen (23%), Indico Dourado (10%) and Mozambican state oil company ENH (10%).

Police give Mocimboa insurgents a 7-day deadline (O País)
Mozambique’s chief of police, Bernardino Rafael, yesterday announced that the insurgents in the district of Mocimboa da Praia have seven days to hand themselves in to police, or be declared terrorists. Since the first attack on 5 October, 251 suspects have been detained, including 37 Tanzanians.
It’s unclear what advantage the insurgents might gain from handing themselves over to the police, so it seems unlikely they will take Rafael up on his offer. The issue of the involvement of Tanzanians in the attacks will surely have been discussed during Nyusi’s trip to Dodoma yesterday. It would be a good sign if the government is starting to accept help and advice from outside parties in addressing this problem, although it would be a mistake to blame this growing security threat on its neighbour.

Justice minister could get new ombudsman job (CanalMoz)
President Nyusi will need to replace justice and constitutional affairs minister Isaac Chande if the latter is chosen to replace José Abudo as Provedor de Justiça, the public ombudsman for constitutional issues. Parliament should choose a new provedor in the coming days, with Chande, Frelimo’s candidate, likely to beat MDM candidate Silvério Ronguane.
The current ombudsman made the news twice recently – once for helping overturn the labour minister’s right to deport foreign workers, and then for being asked by the MDM to help declare parliament’s vote to include the ‘hidden debts’ in the state budget as illegal.

Immigration disciplines seven staff over cruise ship debacle (MediaFax, O País)
The national migration service, SENAMI, has started a disciplinary process against seven of its staff over the failure to issue visas to hundreds of wealthy cruise ship passengers who wanted to spend last Sunday in Maputo. The workers said their passport-reading machine wasn’t working, but SENAMI says they acted unilaterally without informing their superiors.
If all 650 cruisers had bought a visa, the state would have pocketed $32,500 – and the Maputo economy could have benefited by a similar amount, as Mozambican media are pointing out.


  • Today: Filipe Nyusi travels to Inhassoro, Inhambane, for a two-day Frelimo meeting with the party’s district first secretaries from around the country
  • Today: The delivery of 52 buses to private operators in Maputo, Matola, Boane and Marracuene

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