Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 6 June, 2018.
- Tomorrow: A three-day International Conference on Ecotourism begins in Maputo
The latest from Zitamar News:
Central Mozambique highway to charge tolls
There will be four toll booths along the 290km highway from Beira to Zimbabwe
Extremist group kills seven more people in Cabo Delgado
The latest attack appears to be the furthest south that the insurgency has spread so far
The best of the rest:
- President of Islamic Council reacts to attacks in Cabo Delgado
- Government approves proposal for new electoral laws
- Security guard kills himself after EDM office burglary
- Mozambique creates laboratory for testing road materials
- Two suspected thieves shot dead by police in Beira
- Earthquake in the Mozambique Channel off Ibo island
President of Islamic Council reacts to attacks in Cabo Delgado (STV)
The president of the Islamic Council of Mozambique, Sheikh Aminudin Muhamad gave an interview that aired this morning about attacks attributed to Muslim extremists in Cabo Delgado. Sheikh Muhamad distinguished between Islam and the attackers’ beliefs, saying “the men in question do not identify with Islam, because this religion is for peace.” The Sheikh called for a thorough analysis of the group, and for any attackers who are caught to be made an example of.
Sheikh Muhamad’s interview comes at a time when the pace of the group’s attacks is picking up. There have been two attacks in the last ten days, including a raid yesterday on Naunde village, Macomia district that left seven dead and more than 30 houses burned.
Government approves proposal for new electoral laws (AIM, Lusa)
The Mozambican government approved yesterday a proposal for new electoral laws based on the recently passed constitutional amendments. The proposal, which provides for direct election of provincial governors, the appointment of district administrators by governors, and other reforms, will be voted on by parliament during an extraordinary session that will run June 21-22.
Security guard kills himself after EDM office burglary (@Verdade)
A security guard protecting an office of state-owned electricity utility EDM in Niassa province killed himself after he failed to prevent a robbery at the office. According to the police, the robbers took advantage of the guard’s absence to break in and steal at least MZN 270,000 worth of equipment. The guard apparently killed himself for fear of possible reprisals against him.
Mozambique creates laboratory for testing road materials (Rádio Moçambique)
Mozambique will soon have a laboratory for testing materials for road construction and other public works, located in Maputo. The laboratory, built with support from the German company GIZ, will be the first of its kind in Africa.
A welcome innovation in the wake of some very poor quality road building projects, such as the extension of Avenida Julius Nyerere in Maputo.
Two suspected thieves shot dead by police in Beira (O País)
Mozambican police shot and killed two members of a five-person gang thought to be armed robbers, following a pursuit from a robbery in the Chirassicua area of Beira, where some $1,100 was stolen.
Earthquake in the Mozambique Channel off Ibo island (INAMI press release)
An earthquake registering 5.1 on the Richter scale took place last night at 00:55 in the Mozambique Channel, 45km from Ibo island in Cabo Delgado. The earthquake, which was 10km underwater, caused no notable damage, according to national mining institute INAMI, which is responsible for monitoring seismic activity.
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