Monday 23 October 2017
(AFP (eng) 10/17/17)
Though its motto is "one Africa, one voice", the reality of "Africa's parliament" could not be more different. Since its creation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has struggled to make its voice heard, prompting its deputies to ask themselves at a recent gathering: "What are we for?" "Every time we're here, we obsess over the same things. If we are not making laws, then what's the point of being here?" Corneille Padonou of Benin said to his fellow parliamentarians. "This forum is not a parliament, it is just a discussion platform that does not have any legislative powers. This institution is still wobbly," said Floyd Shivambu, a parliamentarian from South Africa. "As it is,...
(AFP (eng) 10/11/17)
Police in Mozambique said Tuesday they had detained 52 people after a string of attacks on police stations, in which 14 attackers were gunned down and two officers killed. Police also backed away from an earlier claim that the gunmen were linked to homegrown "Islamic extremist sects", saying they were not connected to any organised terror group. "Nothing can make us say there is a connection between the attackers and terrorist groups," police spokesman Inacio Dina told reporters. "Among those detained are the perpetrators and others who contributed to the logistics of the attack, providing food, shelter and other support." The attacks occurred on Thursday and Friday in the sleepy town of Mocimboa de Praia in the north of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/10/17)
MAPUTO (Reuters) - Gun battles last week between police and attackers in a remote northern Mozambican port killed 16 people, including two police officers, local media reported. The attacks in the Indian Ocean port of Mocimboa da Praia, near the border with Tanzania and offshore gas fields, took place last Thursday and police have since regained control of the town, the official AIM news agency said. The motive for the attacks were not clear and the government has not blamed...
(APA 10/06/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - The spokesperson for the Mozambican police, Inacio Dina, has confirmed that two policemen and three members of a gang have been killed after 30 armed and hooded gunmen attacked them in the coastal district of Mocimboa da Praia early on Thursday. The incident took place in a police compound in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, in a pre-dawn raid. Radio Mozambique reported that the police later seized two AK-47 rifles and three machetes left behind...
(AFP (eng) 10/05/17)
The mayor of Mozambique's third city was shot dead outside his house by unknown gunmen, officials said Thursday, in an apparent targeted assassination. Mahamudo Amurane, mayor of Nampula, was killed on Wednesday evening, sparking angry demonstrations in the northwestern city, where he was widely seen as an anti-corruption crusader. "He was murdered by a man who shot him three times as he left his private residence," Saide Ali, a member of the Nampula municipal government, told reporters. On Thursday police fired warning shots in Nampula to control angry crowds who gathered to protest against his death and to call for justice.
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Maputo (Mozambique) - Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Mahamudo Amurrane, the mayor of Nampula city, in Mozambique's northern province of Nampula, APA can report. [Img : Mozambican mayor assassinated] According to private television, STv, Amurrane was caught by three bullets as he visited a chemistry lab in the city on Wednesday afternoon. An unnamed official of his Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) confirmed that the mayor died on the spot after the gunmen fired repeatedly at him. The motive for...
(AFP (eng) 10/02/17)
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi vowed on Monday to push ahead with national peace talks after he was overwhelmingly re-elected leader of the ruling Frelimo party at a five-yearly conference. Nyusi, who has ruled the country since 2015 and is likely to stand again in 2019 presidential elections, recently held preliminary talks with Afonso Dhlakama, head of the rival Renamo group. Renamo fought a 16-year civil war against Frelimo until 1992 before becoming an opposition political party that again took up...
(Xinhuanet 09/28/17)
The Mozambican government denied on Wednesday the UN accusation of it for purchasing military weapons and equipment from a trading company in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). More than two weeks ago the UN Security Council experts said in a report that a investment company under the Ministry of Defense of Mozambique paid six million U.S. dollars for DPRK arms, violating UN arms sanctions. In reply to the UN report, Mozambican Defense Minister Atanasio M'tumuke said his government...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/17)
The Political Commission of the ruling party in Mozambique, Frelimo, has elected the current president of the country Filipe Nyusi to be the candidate for the next presidential election in 2019. According to the resolution approved by Frelimo's committee, the constant dialogue and willingness to reach an effective peace agreement with the leader of the main opposition party, Afonso Dlhakama, were important to support Nyusi to be the leader for the party and a presidential candidate for the country. The...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(The Citizen 08/25/17)
The Presidency says the two countries enjoy ‘excellent’ bilateral relations which date back to the liberation struggle. President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the second session of the South Africa-Mozambique Bi-National Commission (BNC) on Friday, in the Mozambican capital Maputo. Zuma will co-chair the BNC with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. He arrived in Maputo on Thursday night. “The BNC is the highest mechanism governing bilateral relations between the two countries. The Agreement establishing the BNC was signed on 13 December 2011, and the inaugural Session took place in October 2015,” the Presidency said.
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(AfricaNews 08/22/17)
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has congratulated retiring Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos for deciding to bow out as president. Chissano, who served the Portuguese-speaking country between 1986 to 2005, said the decision to retire was timely especially in an economically viable period. “He made the decision because he thought it was a good time for the Angolans. I also did the same when I was convinced it was time to retire,” he said on Monday in the Angolan...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(IRIN 05/23/17)
Maputo — Diagnosed HIV-positive two years ago, Kayana Kandagona* suffers regular episodes of dizziness. However, this is not the cause of the 34-year-old's anxiety as she waits for a routine appointment at a faith-based organisation's outpatient clinic in the Mozambican capital, Maputo. Cradling her three-month-old HIV-negative daughter she explains that her 12-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son are always saying: "Mama, we are hungry". The collapse of the single mother's cross-border trading business and her sudden relegation to the ranks of...
(Xinhuanet 05/05/17)
The leader of Renamo, the main opposition party in Mozambique, announced a truce with no limited date on Thursday, clarifying that final peace deal is to be reached between him and the government of Mozambique. The announcement made through a conference call at the party headquarters in Maputo is the 4th renewal of the truce since the first one-week truce announced in December 27 last year. "The truce with no limited date is different from all those I announced before...
(AFP (eng) 05/04/17)
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...

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