Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 30 October 2017.
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FREE TO READ: China forgives $36m Mozambican debt, donates cash for new airport
China has written off a small fraction of what Mozambique owes, and made a donation towards building a new airport which Mozambique probably doesn’t need and almost certainly can’t afford.
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Nampula interim mayor charged in connection with Amurane assassination (CanalMoz, VoA)
The interim mayor of Nampula, the MDM’s Manuel Tocova, has been charged by the local public prosecutor in connection with the assassination of the elected mayor, Mahamudo Amurane, on 4 October. Tocova will also be required to respond to accusations of exceeding his powers as interim mayor when he replaced certain officials in the municipal administration.
Tocova would certainly have a motive, judging from the speed with which he has moved to take control of the city administration in the limited time he has before the by-election.
MDM’s Venâncio Mondlane will run again for Maputo mayor (O País)
Prominent MP Venâncio Mondlane will again be the MDM’s candidate for the mayoralty of Maputo at municipal elections in 2018, his party confirmed at the weekend. In 2013, he finished a fairly close second to the Frelimo incumbent David Simango – who will not run again next year.
The real competition for the Maputo mayoralty is arguably the race for the Frelimo candidacy – with a number of hopefuls currently trying to win favour with relevant figures in the party. Mondlane might have a chance again if he can persuade Renamo not to run against him – he suggested in a recent interview that the MDM should consider an electoral alliance with Renamo. But getting Renamo to stand aside in the capital would be a very big ask indeed.
Frelimo appoints new provincial brigade chiefs (Jornal Domingo, O País)
Frelimo’s Central Committee, meeting in Nampula, re-appointed most of the ‘chefes das brigadas centrais’ – central delegations which take the party’s message to its provincial delegations – but made a few changes, including appointing Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário to lead the brigade to Niassa, replacing agriculture minister Jose Pacheco. Manuel Tomé replaces Alberto Vaquina for Zambézia, and Filipe Paunde takes charge of Cabo Delgado instead of Conceita Sortane, while the vacancy Paunde leaves for Nampula is taken by Tomas Salomao.
The minimal changes to the heads of the brigades since they were appointed a year ago suggests that not much has changed in Frelimo since this year’s Congress. Jose Pacheco’s replacement with Prime Minister Do Rosário is notable, but the other figures stepping down as brigade heads – Conceita Sortane and Alberto Vaquina – were strengthened rather than weakened at the Congress.
Mozambique prepares to ward off the plague (AIM, VoA)
Mozambique’s Ministry of Health is drawing up a plan to respond to any possible outbreak of bubonic plague, following the outbreak in Madagascar which has affected about 100,000 people and killed at least 124. Assistant National Director of Public Health Maria Benigna Matsinhe told Noticias that work is underway to control the entry points to the country to follow up any person who has been in Madagascar. The World Health Organisation has put Mozambique on a list of eight countries that need to prepare for for the ‘black death’, along with South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Reunion Island, and the Seychelles.
- Today: Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Leticia Klemens leads a ceremony launching the public communication component of Mozambique’s membership of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
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