Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 30 January, 2018.
Analysts say Nampula second round must go ahead (O País, @Verdade)
Nampula will have at least three mayoral elections this year after the first, which took place last week, failed to produce an outright majority for any of the candidates. The prospect of a second round in March, just before the process of registering voters starts in preparation for nationwide municipal elections in October, has led electoral observation organisation CEDE to suggest that the current interim administration should be left in place for now, and the second round cancelled. Speaking to O País, three respected commentators – Jose Jaime Macuane, Ericino de Salema, and Adriano Nuvunga (the head of CIP) all say the electoral law must be respected – and that therefore the second round must go ahead.
It could be a tiresome year for the 75% of Nampulenses who apparently aren’t interested in taking part in the democratic process – especially if October’s run-off also leads to a second round, making a total of four elections there this year.
Fall armyworm devastates corn fields in Tete (O País)
1,270 hectares of crops, belonging to around 3,500 farming families, have already been lost in Tete province according to the provincial director of agriculture, speaking on Monday.
The fall armyworm has hit the whole region hard, and we are starting to hear of spreading to southern Mozambique now too. A very worrying development after the droughts of the last two years.
Spanish hotel giant plans Mozambique debut (Correio da Manhã)
Spanish hotel group Meliá is thinking of entering the Mozambican market in April this year, after meeting with tourism ministry officials at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid earlier this month, according to Correio da Manhã. The company is planning a hotel of 174 rooms, but the article doesn’t say where in the country it would be built.
President Nyusi has highlighted tourism is one of the four pillars of economic development in Mozambique. However the ministry of tourism has taken few practical steps to help increase visitor numbers to the country. The change of law last year to allow visitors to buy multi-entry visas on the border would have been one improvement, but in practise the new rules have been haphazardly applied, with some foreign embassies still advising holiday makers to apply for visas in their home country to avoid being turned away on arrival.
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