Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 5 June, 2018.
- Today: Former justice minister Isaque Chande starts his new position as parliamentary ombudsman
The latest from Zitamar News:
South Africa energy minister to visit Mozambique soon for gas talks
Jeff Radebe says “gas to power programmes are still a very high priority” for the South African government
Big bucks for Mozambique’s rural roads won’t make a difference, expert warns
World Bank and EU-funded rural road projects in northern Mozambique are unlikely to result in real improvements unless the way the country’s roads are managed is radically overhauled
The best of the rest:
- Fresh attacks in Cabo Delgado cause residents to flee their homes
- Congolese police offer support to Mozambique in fight against Cabo Delgado insurgents
- Renamo interim leader moves to Gorongosa military base
- Extraordinary session of parliament scheduled for June 21-22
- China funds four projects in Mozambique with $100 million grant
Fresh attacks in Cabo Delgado cause residents to flee their homes (O País, O País, Lusa)
An attack, allegedly by the insurgents who have terrorized Cabo Delgado province since last October, killed seven and wounded three in Macomia district in Cabo Delgado early this morning. In Palma district, to the north of Macomia, villagers are abandoning their homes, fearing further attacks from Islamist insurgents.
The last week has seen an alarming uptick in the frequency and severity of attacks in north-eastern Cabo Delgado, contradicting the authorities’ claims to have the situation under control.
Congolese police offer support to Mozambique in fight against Cabo Delgado insurgents (Notícias)
Mozambican police chief Bernardino Rafael met with his counterparts from Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Simon Nyankoro Sirro and Dieudonne Amuli, both of whom pledged support for Mozambique’s efforts to counter Islamist insurgents in Cabo Delgado province. The three spoke during a meeting of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization in Luanda at the end of May.
Rafael confirmed on Sunday that there Mozambican citizens involved in Islamist activity in DR Congo and Tanzania, seeking to “destabilize” those countries.
Renamo interim leader moves to Gorongosa military base (MediaFax, VoA, DW)
Renamo interim president Ossufo Momade has moved to the party’s military base in the mountains of Gorongosa district, Sofala province, the same place that former Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama lived from October 2015 up until his death last month. Renamo spokesman Alfredo Magumisse, speaking at the end of a meeting of the Renamo political commission on Sunday, said that the move aims to speed up the negotiation process between the government and Renamo over the demobilization and integration of Renamo military forces.
Momade’s decision to live in Gorongosa both facilitates and demonstrates his control over the armed wing of the party, which is crucial to his credibility in negotiations with President Nyusi. If the government is to conclude a peace deal with Renamo after Dhlakama’s death, it will have to be sure that its counterpart in Renamo is capable of reliably delivering peace before it can make any concessions.
Extraordinary session of parliament scheduled for June 21-22 (Lusa)
The Mozambican parliament will meet in an extraordinary session on 21 and 22 June to discuss and approve changes to legislation governing municipal governments, and the elections thereof. The revisions are necessary to bring legislation into line with constitutional amendments approved last month which will mean the mayors of municipalities will be elected as the lead candidates on party lists, rather than directly; a model which will be extended to provincial governors, and ultimately district administrators.
The extraordinary session comes two weeks later than was originally planned – and explains why the election authorities have had to move their calendar for the nomination of candidates back as well.
China funds four projects in Mozambique with $100 million grant (AIM, MediaFax)
China will give about $100 million to finance four development projects in Mozambique: construction of Xai-Xai airport in Gaza province; construction of the Gorongosa Technical Institute in Sofala province; technical assistance for Zimpeto National Stadium in Maputo; and training in China for Mozambican agricultural boards.
MediaFax notes that the grant is the third time that funding has been announced for the controversial Xai-Xai airport project, which the Chinese are clearly unashamed of supporting.
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