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Mozambique: Privatization of Struggling Petromoc Nears

The privatization of national fuel distributor Petromoc is nearing, with Gunvor, Vitol, and Puma Energy reportedly interested in taking over the ailing company. The privatization of a number of Mozambican state companies has been in the cards since 2016, when Minister of Finance Adriano Maleiane stated that Filipe Nyusi’s administration will reduce the government’s participation

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Mozambique: Challenges Ahead: Nyusi and Frelimo Prepare for Upcoming Elections

The powerful Frelimo CC met once again for an extraordinary session on 26-27 May. President Nyusi stated in his opening address that “we [Frelimo] have to understand the priorities and anxieties of Mozambicans,” which set the tone for the rest of the proceedings. Mostly behind closed doors, 201 of the 209 CC members discussed a

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Mozambique: The Audit Report: Competing Versions

On 12 May Kroll’s long-awaited audit of the companies at the heart of Mozambique’s sovereign debt scandal was finally delivered to the PGR. However, no public version of the report was made available. The PGR has already begun analyzing the document, and Attorney General Buchili has stated that she would release a summary version as

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Mozambique: 2018 Local Elections: Role of the Peace Process

There has been a distinct lack of media coverage of the ongoing peace negotiations between Renamo and the Mozambican government – a good sign, in our view. According to Horizon contacts, the talks are advancing on a positive note. Last week, both sides agreed on a streamlined work plan, which includes terms of references (ToRs)

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Mozambique: Upcoming Frelimo Congress: Prospects for Chipande

Earlier this week, Frelimo members were notified to contribute part of their salaries for the party to be able to afford its congress, which is set to take place in September in Maputo/Matola. (A note to this effect was sent to party members throughout the public sector.) Payments range from 10,000 meticais ($140) for a

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Mozambique: Peace Talks Continue Without Mediators

On 3 February – Mozambican Heroes’ Day, a national holiday – President Filipe Nyusi announced that he and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama would work “cordially” toward finding a sustainable and peaceful solution to the violence. The same message was later repeated by Dhlakama in a telephone interview with journalists. According to Nyusi, “there is no

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Mozambique: President Replaces Head of State Security with Hard-liner

On 30 January President Filipe Nyusi removed Gregorio Leao Jose, the director general of the SISE, and replaced him with Lagos Henriques Lidimo (see our Personality of the Week). The move is significant for a number of reasons. First, Leao is an ally of former President Armando Guebuza’s and is intimately exposed to the sovereign

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Mozambique: Renamo and Government Extend Cease-Fire

On 4 January Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama announced a two-month cease-fire between Renamo and government forces, an extension of the seven-day truce announced on 28 December. In practical terms, the extended cease-fire means that both sides will refrain from ambushes and attacks on military and civilian targets for the next two months, and that patrols

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Mozambique: International Mediators Sidelined from Peace Talks

Peace negotiations between Renamo and the Mozambican government experienced a setback last week when government negotiators stated on 7 December that they do not want international mediators to be involved in the discussions over provincial autonomy. The negotiators noted they “do not see the point” of international mediators’ involvement, preferring to “deal with the issue


Mozambique: Maputo and the Provinces: Outlook for the Peace Negotiations

On 25 of September, which is observed as Revolution Day in Mozambique, President Nyusi called on the Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM) to remain firm in the “fight against the armed wing of Renamo,” stating that its actions were a threat to the country’s sovereignty. While Nyusi per usual emphasized that restoring