Zitamar Daily Briefing, 9 July 2018

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Welcome to Zitamar’s daily Mozambique briefing for 9 July, 2018.

Agenda

  • Today: President Nyusi visits Mozambique ports and railways company CFM

The latest from Zitamar News:

Eni-Exxon JV submit Rovuma LNG development plan
The companies expect to make a final investment decision on the two-train project in 2019, and for production to start in 2024

Tete police deny taking bribes enabling the 2016 fuel tanker tragedy
Police allegedly took around $50 in bribes to ignore the theft of fuel from a tanker which exploded, killing 107 people

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The best of the rest:

  • Verónica Macamo: ‘No reason for despair’ about October elections
  • New Cabo Delgado attacks kill four
  • Government accelerates search for strategic partner for LAM
  • STAE increases size of thirty municipal assemblies

Verónica Macamo: ‘No reason for despair’ about October elections (Rádio Moçambique, Notícias)
The speaker of the Mozambican parliament, Verónica Macamo, said she still believes a deal will be reached to allow municipal election scheduled for 10 October to take place. There is currently an impasse between Renamo and Frelimo in parliament over passing the reforms necessary to hold the elections, with Frelimo demanding that Renamo complete a demilitarization program before election laws are passed. “The people connected to the subject are working, so let’s wait, I think there is no reason for despair”, Macamo said.
The timetable is now incredibly tight for the elections to be able to go ahead – and even if they are slightly delayed, they have to be run before November when the rainy season starts. But it is not out of the question that the two parties will pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute.

New Cabo Delgado attacks kill four (Lusa, Ntatenda)
After two weeks without an attack in Cabo Delgado, the insurgent group that has terrorized the province since last October struck again over the weekend, killing four in a raid on the village of Macanga, in Palma district. The attackers in Macanga also seriously injured one person and burned down five houses. On Friday, armed men ambushed a cargo truck leaving the administrative post in Quiterajo, Macomia district, injuring the driver. The other five men who were in the vehicle remain unaccounted for.
The attacks are having grave consequences. In addition to the nearly 100 civilian deaths recorded in the conflict so far, O País reports that around 5,000 people in Naunde village, Macomia district, are hungry and currently surviving on cassava. They refuse to go to their farms because they fear insurgents hiding in the bush.

Government accelerates search for strategic partner for LAM (O País)
Mozambican prime minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosário said on Sunday that the government is intensifying its search for a strategic partner for national airline LAM in hopes of making the company viable. LAM is currently operating with an ad hoc board after the sitting board was dismissed last week during a fuel crisis that left all LAM flights grounded and do Rosário stranded at Maputo airport on his way to Niassa province. Do Rosário expressed confidence that a partner would be found.
With Ethiopian Airlines soon to enter the Mozambican domestic market and FastJet still a going concern, a partnership with LAM – which once held a monopoly on domestic routes – would be less valuable than it used to be.

STAE increases size of thirty municipal assemblies (O País)
At least 30 of Mozambique’s 53 municipalities will have more seats in their municipal assemblies starting in 2019 due to increased voter registration in this years registration drive, the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration (STAE) announced.
Of the 30 municipalities receiving more seats, Frelimo bastions Chibuto and Chókwè in Gaza province stand out, going from 17 to 31 seats. The municipalities of Gurué, Dondo, Inhambane, Monapo, and Cuamba grew from 21 to 31 seats each, and the cities of Nampula and Matola both gained six seats.

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