Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 7 June, 2018.
- Today: A three-day International Conference on Ecotourism begins in Maputo
The latest from Zitamar News:
Violence halts Wentworth’s oil and gas exploration in northern Mozambique
The situation “has prevented safe access to the area for Wentworth staff and contractors,” the company said
Mozambique gold mines leave locals exposed to dirt, dust and damage
Gold miners in Manica province have failed to resettle families living as close as five metres to open-cast mines, in defiance of Mozambique’s mining law
The best of the rest:
Five more killed in Cabo Delgado (O País, MediaFax, Lusa)
Five more people were killed on Wednesday night in an attack on Namaluco village, in the Quissanga district of Cabo Delgado, where seven others died at the hands of Islamist insurgents just days ago. Details on the Wednesday attack are scarce as yet, but messages circulating on social media indicate that houses were burned and looted during the attack. The attack follows a statement yesterday to concerned residents of Olumbi district by Cabo Delgado governor Júlio Parruque, urging them to “sleep little” to be vigilant for future attacks. Police also announced that villagers should sleep with machetes for protection.
The attack in Quissanga, over 100 kilometers south of the site of the first attacks in Mocímboa da Praia, indicates the growing geographical range of the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. Parruque’s uninspiring advice, meanwhile, indicates how thinly spread the government is in its response to the insurgency.
Cabo Delgado attacks put Nampula Province on alert (AIM)
Nampula province is on alert due to the increased pace of attacks in neighboring Cabo Delgado. Police have sent six vehicles to Meconta district, where highway 106 from Cabo Delgado intersects with the EN8 with the aim of interdicting any insurgent activity moving south into Nampula.
First 100,000 tonne ship transits Port of Maputo (AIM)
MV Magali, a Panamanian-flagged freighter, left Maputo port on Tuesday carrying 100,674 tonnes of chrome bound for China. The Magali is the largest ship ever to sail through Maputo port, and its transit was made possible by the recent dredging of the port’s access channel.
Further renovations to the port, to be completed in 2019, will allow Maputo to receive and load Magali-sized vessels regularly.
Municipal medical storage facility opens in Maputo (AIM)
President Nyusi inaugurated a new $1.2 million medical storage facility in Maputo yesterday, hailing it as an important tool in the effort to “guarantee speed in delivery” of medicines. The complex includes cold storage, a vaccine warehouse, and quality assessment facilities.
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