Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 25 July, 2018.
- Today: President Filipe Nyusi and Tanzanian president John Magufuli attend a 50th anniversary celebration of Frelimo’s Second Congress in Matchedje, Niassa Province. Former presidents Joaquim Chissano and Armando Guebuza will also be among the 3,000 attendees
- Today: The Centre for Public Integrity (CIP) launches its study on corruption risks in Mozambique’s mine licensing process
- Today: President Nyusi begins a five-day working visit to Niassa province
The latest from Zitamar News:
Mozambique government could face fiscal crisis after T-bond auction failure
Last month, the government failed to find buyers for a billion meticais ($17m) worth of 3-year treasury bonds, the first time it has had to cancel a T-bond auction completely
Renamo under pressure over demilitarisation after 10-day deadline passes
Mozambican civil society calls on Renamo to stick to commitments made by its interim leader almost two weeks ago
The best of the rest:
- Faruco Sadique appointed head of TVM
- Police stepping up “preventive measures” against Cabo Delgado insurgents
- Rice processing plant to open in Cabo Delgado
- Government approves draft law on legal cooperation
Faruco Sadique appointed head of TVM (Rádio Moçambique, Lusa)
Mozambique’s Council of Ministers yesterday named Faruco Sadique Ibraimo as chairman of national public television station TVM, removing him from the same role at national public radio station Rádio Moçambique. Sadique replaces Armando Inroga at TVM, who held the job for five months.
Sadique’s appointment was predicted by CanalMoz yesterday, which suggested that Sadique, who has been Rádio Moçambique chairman since 2013 and has maintained the favor of Frelimo leadership throughout that time, will be tasked with promoting Frelimo candidates on TVM in the runup to election.
Police stepping up “preventive measures” against Cabo Delgado insurgents (Rádio Moçambique, Lusa)
Mozambican national police spokesman Inacio Dina said yesterday that police are “reinforcing our preventive measures” in order to improve security in villages that have been targeted by insurgents in Cabo Delgado. He also pointed out that there have been no new attacks in the past week and called on citizens who have left their homes for fear of the insurgency to return to their villages.
Mozambican media has largely gone with headlines about “reinforcements” in Cabo Delgado, but Dina made no mention of any additional resources being deployed to the province. Instead, he seemed to suggest police are doubling down on their present strategy of concentrating their forces near villages that have already been attacked, to encourage refugees to return home and rebuild.
Mcel has been operating without a telecoms licence for three months (O País)
State-owned mobile telecoms company Mcel’s operating licence ran out at the end of May and has not yet been renewed – but the regulator, INCM, told O País that Mcel is allowed to keep operating until a new licence is agreed. The news came out at a ceremony yesterday where Vodacom renewed its licence, on time.
The INCM’s explanation doesn’t make much sense – suggesting that an operator could go on indefinitely after their licence runs out. Presumably it will now apply for a unified mobile and fixed line licence, following its merger with TDM. Vodacom now has a unified licence which would in theory allow it to play in the fixed line space as well.
Rice processing plant to open in Cabo Delgado (O País)
Cabo Delgado province will open this year a rice processing plant with shelling capacity of 9,000 tonnes per day. The plant, to be operated by local NGO Brothers United, will be located in the rice-producing Quissanga district. The World Bank is financing the project, which is expected to cost $2 million to build, and the plant should begin operations in November.
Though many NGOs have pulled out of Cabo Delgado after the recent violence, the government will be relieved that the World Bank is still able to fund projects in districts that have experienced insurgent attacks.
Government approves draft law on legal cooperation (O País)
The Mozambican council of ministers yesterday approved a draft law establishing principles and procedures for international cooperation between Mozambique and other states and international organizations on matters of criminal law. The proposal will be taken up by parliament for final approval.
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