Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 17 August, 2018.
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- Today: Filipe Nyusi joins the 38th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of Government and State Summit in Windhoek, capital of Namibia
- Today: Transport minister Carlos Mesquita leads SADC day celebrations in Xai-Xai
- Today: Weather forecasters warn of a heat wave of between 35℃ and 37℃ in the south of Mozambique
The latest from Zitamar News:
Indian coal miner forced to resettle Mozambican community after long legal battle
ICVL agreed to the resettlement after it had its bank accounts frozen – but the community is still unhappy with new agreement which violates resettlement law
Photo of the day:
President Filipe Nyusi at the promotion ceremony for officers originally from Renamo, in Maputo, 16 August 2018. Photo: Office of the Presidency
The best of the rest:
- Graça Machel supports her son in Frelimo rebellion
- Maputo-Katembe bridge to be finished in October, after hold-out family vacates last plot
- Labour ministry suspends five expat workers at Bolloré
Graça Machel supports her son in Frelimo rebellion (O País, MediaFax, Notícias, Savana)
Graça Machel, Mozambique’s first first lady and one of the most important figures in Frelimo, has said she will support her son Samora Jr. in his run against Frelimo in October’s Maputo municipal election. She said that, unbeknownst to her, ‘Samito’ had been planning a bid for the Maputo mayoralty for two years. Savana today reports that Samito had sought out the counsel of leading Frelimo figures including former President Armando Guebuza before deciding to run against the party’s chosen candidate, Eneas Comiche.
Savana suggests that Guebuza is giving tacit support to Samito in revenge for the way he’s been treated over the ‘hidden debts’ – but although he hasn’t been robustly defended, nor has he been hung out to dry, as many in the international community would have liked. Alienating the Nyusi administration and fomenting cracks in Frelimo would appear to be a dangerous game for him to play at this stage.
Maputo-Katembe bridge to be finished in October, after hold-out family vacates last plot (O País, Savana)
The bridge over Maputo bay will be finished by the end of October, minister of public works João Machatine said yesterday – along with the Maputo ring road and the road from Katembe to Ponta do Ouro. Putting in toll booths will still take a while, though, he said. Savana reports that the completion of the bridge is now possible as the final family has agreed to vacate its house to allow the last access road to be built.
Frelimo will be unhappy that the bridge is unlikely to be opened in time for the election on 10 October. The bridge and ring road projects are problematic both from a design perspective and a cost perspective – and the chances of the outlay being recouped through tolls are vanishingly small. Nevertheless, people on both side of the bridge will undeniably benefit from its existence.
Labour ministry suspends five expat workers at Bolloré (O País)
The labour ministry yesterday released a press release saying it had suspended five foreign workers at French company Bolloré Transport & Logistics, for immigration irregularities.
Zitamar understands that the company is sure it has done nothing wrong – and immediately lodged a legal challenge when it was informed about the suspensions earlier this week. The ministry’s labour inspectorate has nevertheless gone ahead and announced the suspensions to the world, in a public display of muscle which might play well to a domestic audience, but further worsens Mozambique’s image among foreign investors.
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