Mozambique

Maputo (AFP) Mozambique’s opposition chief Afonso Dhlakama said Friday he expected to sign a peace deal with President Filipe Nyusi by November, as the two sides look to end years of unrest. The two men met last month in the remote Gorongosa mountains, where Dhlakama retreated in 2015 with 800 former fighters. “In principle (the peace deal) will be in October and not later than November,” Dhlakama told the Canal de Mocambique newspaper, speaking by phone from his forest hideout. “It is expected that in October we will have anotherRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi and the nation’s opposition chief Afonso Dhlakama met Sunday for the first since 2015, a step toward peace after years of instability. The men spoke in the remote Gorongosa mountains, where Dhlakama retreated in October 2015 with 800 former fighters demanding a greater share of power. “The two leaders discussed and agreed on the next steps in the peace process, which they hope to be completed by the end of the year,” the presidency said in a statement. They last got together in 2015,Read More
Maputo (AFP) Police in Mozambique Tuesday warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks, after the brutal killing of two men whose body parts were to be used in witchcraft. The two bald men, one of whom was found with his head cut off and organs removed, were killed in a part of the country already notorious for the persecution of albinos. “Last month, the murders of two bald people led to the arrest of two suspects,” national police spokesman Inacio Dina told a news conference inRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambican opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Thursday indefinitely extended a truce he first announced unilaterally in December between his rebel Renamo group and the government. “Today I announce an indefinite truce. It is not the end of the war, but it is the beginning of the end,” Dhlakama, whose Renamo party is the main opposition in Mozambique, told a news conference. “This is great news for the people of Mozambique,” he said speaking from his hideout in central Mozambique at a news conference transmitted to reporters assembled atRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambique’s opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama on Thursday extended indefinitely a unilateral truce he first announced in December, calling it the “beginning of the end” of the war between his rebels and the government. “Today I announce an indefinite truce. It is not the end of the war, but it is the beginning of the end,” Dhlakama, whose Renamo party is the main opposition in the country, told journalists. “This is great news for the people of Mozambique,” he said, speaking from his hideout in central Mozambique at aRead More
Palma (Mozambique) (AFP) The small, palm-fringed fishing town of Palma was meant to become a symbol of Mozambique’s glittering future, transformed by one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas projects. But construction has fallen far behind schedule and the town’s fate is uncertain after gas prices fell and the government became engulfed in a $2 billion debt scandal. Tucked between the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and thick tropical forests, Palma remains a sleepy village of 3,000 people, still waiting for the promised arrival of new jobs andRead More
Montepuez (Mozambique) (AFP) The stakes are high in Montepuez where the discovery of rubies has led to violence among miners that has turned the northern town into what some describe as Mozambique’s own version of the Wild West. Discovery of the red gemstone in 2009 sparked a “ruby rush”, with thousands of miners arriving to seek their fortune, but often finding only grim conditions, conflict and danger. “We have a lot of foreigners who come from a lot of countries to look for rubies,” Tania Mabota, chief medical officer ofRead More
Maputo (AFP) Cyclone Dineo killed seven people, injured 55 and displaced more than 100,000 as it battered southern Mozambique, natural disasters agencies said Friday. The National Institute of Disaster Management said that among the 55 people injured, four were in critical condition. More than 650,000 people in the southeastern African country were also affected since the storm made landfall late Wednesday. Dineo’s impact has been greatest in Inhambane and Vilanculos, two areas popular with tourists on Mozambique’s southeast coast, where total rainfall reached 100 to 200 millimetres. Inhambane was struckRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambique was battered by high winds, flooding and sea surges when cyclone Dineo made landfall late Wednesday but the storm has begun to die down, according to meteorologists Thursday. Dineo reached Inhambane, southern Mozambique, between 8:00 pm and midnight on Wednesday, buffeting the town with winds in excess of 100 kmh (62 mph), torrential rain and rough seas, according to the South African Weather Service (SAWS). Roofs were torn off houses in the path of the storm, electricity supplies were cut and roads flooded and blocked by debrisRead More
Maputo (AFP) A powerful cyclone is set to slam into the southern coast of Mozambique in the early hours of Thursday, bringing flooding, storm surges and high winds, meteorologists have warned. Severe tropical storm Dineo will deepen into an intense tropical cyclone on Wednesday, packing wind of 166 kilometres (100 miles) an hour, the South African Weather Service said in a statement. It warned of “torrential rain resulting in widespread flooding” when the cyclone, currently positioned between Mozambique and Madagascar, makes landfall near the city of Inhambane on Thursday. “AlongRead More