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Mozambique seeks accountability of
those responsible for hidden debt

MAPUTO Mozambique  (Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s Attorney General Office (PGR) said Monday that it is seeking the financial accountability of public managers and state-owned companies that contracted the 2-billion-U.S.-dollar debt between 2013 and 2014.

“on January 26, the Attorney General Office submitted a complaint to the Administrative Tribunal on the financial responsibility of public managers and state-owned companies involved in the signing and management of contracts for financing, goods and services supply, in accordance with Article 228 (2) of the Constitution of Mozambique,” said the PGR in a statement.

The debt was contracted with government approval during the presidency of Armando Guebuza by three public companies, namely Proindicus, Ematum (Empresa Moçambicana de Atum) and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management) through external financing, which was later known as the hidden debt scandal.

The PGR hinted in the statement that it is taking action because during the course of the proceedings, it found a number of facts that involved violations of Mozambican Constitution and budgetary legislation.

In June 2017, an audit by British risk management firm Kroll found that the companies that borrowed money are not virtually operational and also identified their mismanagement in complying with contract obligations.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Mozambique to clarify hidden debts for restoring confidence

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said Monday that his government was committed to clarifying the 2-billion-U.S.-dollar debt to restore confidence among international partners.

Speaking at a meeting with diplomats, Nyusi said the government has been following through Attorney General Office (AGO) the developments on the international audit report with a view to clarify the debts contracted without the approval of the Assembly of the Republic.

“The rapid clarification and due accountability is the final desire of the people and consequently, of our government”, the president said.

On the other hand, the president said the overall focus of the governance was on the sign of growth of corruption, which drew attention of the public recently.

The revelations of the debt scandal broke in April 2016, leading Mozambique into an unprecedented crisis when international partners decided to suspend aid to the one of the poorest countries in the world.

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Mozambique to do pre-shipment inspection on imported medicines

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government announced Friday in Maputo through its Ministry of Health that it will start in March this year a process of pre-shipment testing on imported drugs for Mozambique.

The announcement was made by the Mozambican Minister of Health, Nazira Abudula, during the launch of the project named Pre-shipment Inspection of Medicines.

“The testing of imported medicines in original countries will ensure that the Mozambican government protects citizens by ensuring that only safe and quality medicines are imported into Mozambique,” said the minister.

The Health Minister said her ministry will maintain contact with clinics in countries that provide medicines to Mozambique for better coordination.

According to the minister, the test of the samples will make sure that if the product accords with the specifications approved by the Ministry of Health.

“Quality control of medicines is an important method to ensure the availability of drugs in conditions that do not harm public health,” said Abdula.

She added that with the drug inspection the government will prevent the unregistered and counterfeit products from flowing into Mozambique.

“In 2017, the National Laboratory for Quality Control of Medicines analyzed 106 different active ingredients of medicines, of which about 12 percent were considered improper and rapidly withdrawn from circulation across the country,” she said.

Currently drug inspection in Mozambique is visual and on paper, which fosters the smuggling of drugs sometimes unregistered or counterfeit.

According to a research from WHO in November 2017, an estimated 1 in 10 medical products circulating in low- and middle-income countries is either substandard or falsified, which can cause serious illness or even death instead of treating or preventing disease.

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Mozambique probes suspected terrorist video circulating on social network

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) said Tuesday that they have been doing everything they can to clarify the authenticity of a video footage of terrorists in Mocimboa da Praia, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

In the footage spreading on social network, armed terrorists who speak a language mixed with Portuguese and Arabic invite young people to join their group and defend the laws of Islam, with their faces covered.

According to PRM spokesman Inacio Dina, police have already received the video, but they are still working to identify the people in the footage, and to decide the authenticity of it.

“We are vigilant because anyone who released the video may has the attention of manipulating public opinion,” said the spokesman in a briefing.

As for the status quo in Cabo Delgado, Inacio Dina said that the situation is under control.

“The police are ensuring security and public order in that region of the country. At this moment we can do nothing better than ongoing investigations,” he said.

Since October 2017, unidentified mob have attacked several areas of Cabo Delgado, killing police and civilians, and burning houses.

Authorities said more than 300 suspects were arrested and investigations are ongoing. 

             

 

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