Zitamar Daily Briefing, 6 September 2018


Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 6 September, 2018.


  • Today: Conference on the forecast for the coming rainy season, with disaster management institute INGC, the transport ministry, and other relevant organisations – at Maputo’s Hotel VIP
  • Today: World Food Programme (Programa Mundial de Alimentação, PMA) presents its annual Mozambique report at the foreign ministry (MINEC) in Maputo
  • Today and Tomorrow: President Filipe Nyusi to visit Sofala province, marking Victory Day in the city of Beira
  • Tomorrow: Public holiday for Victory Day, commemorating the signing of the Lusaka Accords in 1974, where Portugal agreed to hand over Mozambique to Frelimo rule the following year

The latest from Zitamar News:

Mozambique’s immigration service doing ‘nothing new’ to prepare for LNG projects
Mozambique’s migration authorities are  unprepared for an unprecedented influx of foreign workers post-FID

TDM-mcel signs Huawei partnership, but no deal with Vodacom on the cards
Newly merged state-owned telcos are downsizing their real estate portfolio and their staffing levels to try and get back in the black

The best of the rest:

  • MDM defectors lose seats in Maputo municipal assembly (O País, Magazine Independente, MediaFax)
  • Police ready to integrate Renamo personnel in time to provide election security (VoA)
  • Mozambique has joined Kimberley Process, says deputy minister (Lusa, AIM)
  • Mozambique airport passenger numbers down 120,000 in 2017 (@Verdade)
  • Business confidence falls for the third month in a row (Lusa)

MDM defectors lose seats in Maputo municipal assembly (O País, Magazine Independente, MediaFax)
Five members of the Maputo municipal assembly have lost their seats because they left their party, the MDM, to join Renamo – following a motion passed in the assembly yesterday. Three of the five are on Renamo’s list for next month’s elections for the municipality, and could find themselves unable to run if the assembly’s decision to deny them their seats is upheld by Mozambique’s Council of Ministers.
The same tactic is being used to deny Manuel de Araujo the right to run as the head of Renamo’s list (and therefore mayoral candidate) in Quelimane. In Maputo, the proposed head of Renamo’s list, Venancio Mondlane, has been denied the right to run because he gave up his seat in 2015 to take a seat at the national assembly.
So far, Renamo appears acquiescent in the face of these disqualifications – but they will surely provide ample grounds for its military wing to claim it needs to take up arms again, if it decides to return to violence.

Police ready to integrate Renamo personnel in time to provide election security (VoA)
The head of Mozambique’s police, Bernardino Rafael, said yesterday that former Renamo guerillas could form part of the police providing security at next month’s elections, under the new agreement to integrate them into the country’s defence and security forces. He said Renamo personnel would be given operation and leadership positions.

Mozambique ‘has joined’ Kimberley Process, says deputy minister (Lusa, AIM)
Mozambique has joined the Kimberley Process of certifying diamonds, to avoid so-called blood diamonds – but its membership will not take effect until its certification unit is operational, deputy minister of mineral resources and energy Augusto Fernando said at the gems fair in Maputo yesterday.
Mozambique – which is listed on the KP website as a candidate country – has been dragging its feet over properly joining the Kimberley Process. In the meantime, the Process itself has been tarnished by the two civil society organisations who founded it, quitting over deteriorating standards in ensuring that the global diamond trade is ‘clean’.

Mozambique airport passenger numbers down 120,000 in 2017 (@Verdade)
Mozambique’s airports received 7,695 fewer flights in 2017 than in the year before, translating to 120,148 fewer passengers using the country’s 13 airports. The biggest drop was at the country’s most-used airport, in Maputo, where arrival numbers fell from 977,960 to 940,762 people.
It’s a worrying indicator for Mozambique’s economy, particularly when the worst-hit is the capital, which tends to be the main port of call for foreign investors. The unreliability of the national airline, LAM, has also played its part in falling numbers over the last couple of years – and the airports company will be looking forward to the entry of Ethiopian Airlines later this year, along with Fastjet who entered the market a few months ago. Maputo airport already had more capacity than needed, even before it was overhauled by Chinese loans.

Company Announcements:

Mustang Resources has completed a feasibility study at its Caula vanadium-graphite project in Cabo Delgado. The company says the results “clearly confirm the expansion potential of the existing resource”

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