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Zitamar Daily Briefing, 2 April 2018


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 2 April, 2018.


  • Today: Malawi’s foreign minister, Emmanuel Fabiano, visits Maputo – likely to sign an accord closing the Luwani refugee camp and repatriating 3,000 refugees to Mozambique
  • Today: President Filipe Nyusi starts a three-day working visit to Gaza province

The latest from Zitamar News:

Unlicensed Chinese sand mine causing devastation on Nampula coastline
‘Haiyu’s mining operations pose a grave danger of further catastrophic flooding that could wipe Nagonha off the map,’ warns Amnesty International

Press freedom groups call for action over Salema abduction and beating
Local and international organisations call for actions, not words

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The best of the rest:

  • TVM presenter hints he will be Frelimo candidate for Beira mayor
  • Mozambique and Kenya sign cooperation agreements over terrorism, ports, and visas
  • Norfund reacts to Matanuska investment criticism
  • Indian businessman still missing

TVM presenter hints he will be Frelimo candidate for Beira mayor (Notícias)
Atanásio Marcos, journalist and presenter on state television station TVM, has added fuel to rumours that he will be Frelimo’s candidate for the mayoralty of Beira in this October’s elections. Marcos says that Beira, which has been under opposition control for 15 years, has been abandoned, and that he can’t sit by and watch the continued degradation of the standard of living there.
Marcos, a native of Beira, was moved back to his hometown last year by TVM, after years working in Maputo, and rumours of his intention to run for office began immediately. Beira will be a fascinating contest – it has ‘belonged’ to MDM leader Daviz Simango since 2003, but if Renamo puts up a big hitter as its candidate, the opposition vote could split and allow Marcos to reclaim the city for Frelimo. An opposition deal, on the other hand, could allow Simango to retain Beira, while the MDM endorses Renamo candidates in other cities, such as Nampula.

Mozambique and Kenya sign cooperation agreements over terrorism, ports, and visas (Rádio Moçambique, RFI)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Easter trip to Mozambique ended on Sunday having signed agreements to remove visa requirements for citizens travelling between the two countries, to cooperate on combating terrorism, and to establish a partnership between the Kenyan port of Mombasa, and the port of Beira in Mozambique.

Norfund reacts to Matanuska investment criticism (Club of Mozambique)
Norwegian state-owned development investor Norfund has reacted to Joseph Hanlon’s strong criticism of its record in Mozambique – particularly with regard to the Matanuska banana plantation which has now closed down. The plantation was hit by Panama Disease – but before that stroke of bad luck, had “demonstrated that large-scale production and export of quality fruit is possible from challenging production environments like Northern Mozambique,” Norfund said in a statement. Hanlon blamed poor management for allowing the disease to take hold, but Norfund said the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation was “complementary of the of the company’s handling of the discovery of the disease, and on the containment measures implemented immediately thereafter.”

Disappeared Indian businessman still missing (Indian Express)
An Indian businessman who disappeared during a visit to Mozambique in February is still missing, with apparently no leads. Pramod Goenka of Mumbai has interests in the dairy and gems and jewellery businesses, but the Indian press is now reporting that he could have been kidnapped over a land deal. “He was in the middle of negotiating a land deal pertaining to a property mortgaged by him to a private bank. It was on his follow-up trip that Pramod went missing,” the Indian Express said, quoting an anonymous senior official.

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