Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 21 February, 2019
The latest from Zitamar News:
Chang extradition decision still with SA courts, government spokesman says
Contradictory statements make the outcome of Chang’s extradition case ‘totally unpredictable’
The best of the rest:
- Guebuza’s former PA testifies to PGR (Rádio Moçambique, AIM, O País, MediaFax)
- Journalist held in Cabo Delgado accused of ‘public incitement’ (O País)
- Civil society launches petition to get UK to investigate ‘hidden debt’ banks (Carta de Moçambique)
Guebuza’s former PA testifies to PGR (Rádio Moçambique, AIM, O País, MediaFax)
Inês Moiane, President Guebuza’s former private secretary, gave three hours of testimony the Prosecutor-General in Maputo yesterday. Her lawyer, Alexandre Chivale, told journalists she had been “confident and calm” – but said she should not have been detained before her hearing, and that they are appealing the decision to keep her in custody.
Journalist held in Cabo Delgado accused of ‘public incitement’ (O País)
Germano Daniel Adriano, a former colleague of Amade Abubacar at the community radio station in the insurgency-hit Cabo Delgado district of Macomia, was arrested this week for public incitement using IT, and violating state secrets – the same accusations that have been leveled at Abubacar, who has been in detention since 5 January.
Human Rights Watch today accused Mozambique’s state security forces of systematically “intimidating, detaining, and prosecuting journalists covering the fighting against an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.” Their statement contains a round-up of at least five incidents of journalists being prevented from working in Cabo Delgado since the insurgency began – not including this week’s arrest of Adriano.
Civil society launches petition to get UK to investigate ‘hidden debt’ banks (Carta de Moçambique)
Mozambican civil society coalition FMO, which is leading the campaign in Mozambique for the ‘hidden debts’ to be repudiated, has launched an online petition, in conjunction with UK-based pressure group Jubilee Debt Campaign, to get the UK authorities to prosecute Credit Suisse and VTB for their role in lending $2 billion against unconstitutional sovereign guarantees.
The move follows the FMO delivering a petition to the Constitutional Council in Mozambique calling for the guarantees to be formally ruled unconstitutional, and writing letters – co-signed by Graca Machel – to the UK authorities, the IMF, Credit Suisse and the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, as a major shareholder in Credit Suisse, calling for action.
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