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Mozambique: Renamo Legislation Deadline: Will Nyusi Follow Through?

Dhlakama recently issued a February 2018 deadline for the government to pass constitutional amendments and other legislation required to allow the direct election of provincial governors. He added that any proposals for these legal changes should be submitted to parliament by the end of this year, in order to stay on track for the February

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Mozambique: Parliament Attempts to Thwart Constitutional Council on EMATUM Debt

Mozambique’s sovereign debt saga recently took another turn, showing the political machinations going on behind the scenes in the run-up to the Frelimo congress at the end of the month. On 5 September, parliamentary spokesman Mateus Kathupa (see our Personality of the Week) stated that the Constitutional Council does not have the remit to declare

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Mozambique: Attack on Police Station Raises Fears of Radical Islam

On 27 August, six men attacked a police post in Nametil, Mogovolas district, in Nampula province of Mozambique. The assailants entered the police station under the pretext of wanting to report a crime, then killed one police officer and gravely injured another. The Nampula provincial police spokesman claimed that the perpetrators tried but failed to

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Mozambique: New Sovereign Wealth Fund: Few Details, but Positive Potential

According to Minister of Economy and Finance Adriano Maleiane, the new National Development Fund (NDF) will draw upon income from natural resources in Mozambique – specifically, capital gains tax revenues from the coal and gas sectors. He also vaguely noted that the NDF would be used to fund “good initiatives.”

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Mozambique: Meeting in the Bush: Implications of Negotiations between Nyusi and Dhlakama

On 6 August, President Nyusi met Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama in Vunduzi, near the Gorongosa mountains in Gorongosa district, Sofala province. Rather than insisting on a meeting in Maputo, or a third location, Nyusi went to meet Dhlakama in the bush where he has been hiding since the resurgence of political violence in 2016. The

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Mozambique: Upcoming Local Content Law: Unnecessary, but in Tune with Public Expectations

The Mozambican government is keen to ensure that the lucrative oil and gas sector develops links with the wider economy. Therefore, the Council of Ministers will consider a new local content law, under development for some time, “in due course.” At an oil and gas conference in Maputo in July, Vasco Nhabinde, the director of

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Mozambique: Final Frelimo Meeting Before September Congress: Factions Dig In

In his opening remarks at the conference, Nyusi was unable to gloss over the divisions within the party that have been visible since he took office. His reference to “enemies of Mozambique and Frelimo” was clearly aimed at his critics, specifically those allied to former President Guebuza. Despite calling for Frelimo unity and strength, and

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Mozambique: Donor Freeze Remains as IMF Demands Full Transparency

After the executive summary of Kroll’s independent audit into Mozambique’s sovereign debt was published, the IMF sent a mission to the country from 10-19 July. The leader of the mission, Michel Lazare, stated that the Kroll report was missing “critical information” and that therefore a resumption of IMF financial support is out of the question

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Mozambique: Nyusi-Guebuza Rivalry Plays Out in Ministerial Battle Over Land

Soon after taking office in January 2015, President Nyusi established several new ministries, including MITADER – a key institutional actor for IOCs and other investors. It combines the former responsibilities of the Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Land and Cartography, the Ministry for State Administration’s Department of

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Mozambique: Long-Shot Scenario: Nyusi Fails in September, with Dire Consequences

Mozambique’s political and economic trajectory would dramatically change if Nyusi is not chosen as Frelimo’s presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections. Nyusi’s rejection would be a scathing judgement on his term in office, marking an indisputable fall from grace and abandonment by the majority of the party.