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Zitamar Daily Briefing, 23 November 2017


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 23 November, 2017.

The latest from Zitamar News:

Nyusi names new Cabo Delgado governor, reassigns deputy foreign minister

Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane becomes minister of youth and sport, while a district administrator is handed the CD governorship

Mozambique to pick domestic gas price consultant next month

The ministry for mineral resources and energy will choose a consultant to help price its domestic gas and advise on developing its downstream industry in December

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The best of the rest:

Mozambican statesmen welcome historic changes in Zimbabwe (Correio da Manhã, Lusa)

Former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, who was best man at Robert Mugabe’s wedding to his second wife, Grace, says “democracy has worked” in Zimbabwe where a military coup forced Mugabe to stand down after 37 years in power – describing it as an “important moment in the history of Africa” and an example of how African peoples can resolve their own problems. Foreign minister Oldemiro Baloi said that if the changes in Zimbabwe influence relations with Mozambique, “it will be for the better.”

Chissano may be somewhat envious at how long Mugabe managed to hang on, having himself been forced to make way for Armando Guebuza in 2004, after serving the maximum two terms set out in the 1994 constitution. Before ‘94, however, he’d already served for eight years in pre-democratic Mozambique – making him Mozambique’s longest-serving president, with 18 years at the top.

Exchange-listed abattoir being pursued for bad debts (@Verdade)

A court has ordered the seizure of equipment and real estate owned by Matama, an abattoir near Manhiça in Maputo province which listed on Mozambique’s stock exchange, the BVM, with some fanfare in May this year. The company is behind on 14.5 million meticais worth of debt to Moza Banco, in relation to the leasing of three trucks to transport animals.

@Verdade has previously reported that Matama’s listing on the BVM was done in a rushed manner, without the company fulfilling the reporting requirements of a listed company. In this week’s report, the paper points out that the company has also not released its 2016 accounts.

Mozambican ivory found in Cambodia (VoA)

The provincial prosecutor of Niassa province is investigating the seizure of 105 elephant tusks in Cambodia, which had disappeared from anti-poaching authorities in Niassa after they were collected from poachers operating in the Niassa Reserve.

This is not the first time that ivory has disappeared after being confiscated by Mozambique’s police. In Gaza last August, the police commander was incarcerated on suspicion of facilitating the disappearance of ivory, while the month before, more ivory disappeared from the police in Inhambane province.

German company wins contract to produce ID cards and passports (Magazine Independente)

Germany’s Muehlbauer ID Services will start producing ID documents in Mozambique, having won a competition to take over from Semlex, which had its contract cut short for alleged non-performance. Muehlbauer will produce ID cards and biometric passports as well as foreign residency permits, in a contract worth just over 7 billion meticais.

Mutilated Malangatana mural to be restored (Canal de Moçambique, Ministry of Culture)

Mozambique’s ministry of culture has promised to restore a large mural by one of Mozambique’s most famous artists, Malangatana Nguenha, which was mutilated last week by plumbers working at the Eduardo Mondlane University, who put a white plastic pipe through the picture. According to Canal de Moçambique, the university authorities ordered the pipe to be removed – but this left an even bigger hole. The director of the national art museum says the restoration of the 1998 mural should rejuvenate the whole picture which has become discoloured with time.

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