Maputo (AFP) Mozambique’s renewed efforts to solve its spiralling “secret debt” crisis have again collapsed, leaving the country struggling to recover its reputation as one of Africa’s potential growth hotspots. Last week, Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane flew to London to present creditors with a long-awaited restructuring plan for the $2.2-billion (1.77 billion euros) debt that Mozambique has defaulted on since last year. Maleiane presented options including a massive write-down, low interest rates until 2023 and a partial swap for a local long-term debt. All his proposals were dismissed by theRead More
Mocímboa da Praia (Mozambique) (AFP) What’s left of the Nanduadua mosque lies deep within a labyrinth of alleyways in Mocimboa da Praia, a port town in Mozambique’s far north. A handful of veiled women hurry past the one-time place of worship, which is now reduced to rubble. “It was the mosque of criminals,” local resident Ussene Amisse told AFP. “The mosque of those with hearts of stone.” The Mozambique government ordered it to be levelled in October after a bloody attack blamed on radicalised Muslim youth who allegedly worshipped atRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has met the leader of opposition Renamo as part of efforts to broker peace between the group and his ruling Frelimo party. Renamo rebels fought a 16-year war against Frelimo until 1992, and unrest again boiled over between 2013 and 2016. Nyusi travelled to the remote Gorongosa mountains on Monday for talks with Renamo’s leader Afonso Dhlakama who has been in hiding since October 2015. The meeting follows a pledge by the president earlier this month to change the constitution to allow for theRead More
Maputo (AFP) At least 14 people were killed when a rubbish mound collapsed in a poor district of Mozambique’s capital Maputo, crushing several nearby homes, emergency services said. Torrential rain is thought to have caused the loose waste to shift and crash down on the shacks, trapping the occupants who were sleeping at the time of the incident on Sunday night. Mozambique’s emergency service warned there could be more victims, trapped under the vast waste pile which is located in the Hulene district of the capital. “The information we receivedRead More
Maputo (AFP) Mozambique’s military and the opposition Renamo group were both guilty of serious crimes before a 2016 ceasefire, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Friday detailing killings and torture. HRW called for justice over the violence that erupted between November 2015 and December 2016 as Mozambique appeared at risk of returning to its long and bloody civil war. Renamo rebels had fought a 16-year war against the ruling Frelimo party until 1992, and unrest again boiled over in 2015. “More than a year since the ceasefire wasRead More
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