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Corruption costs Mozambique at least 12 mln USD in 2017 

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican government revealed here Thursday that the state has lost 610 million meticais (about 12 million U.S. dollars) due to corruption in 2017, which was 1.2 million U.S. dollars more than in 2016, and 155 people were detained for corruption offences.

“The majority of the defendants are state officials and agents who, in the performance of their duties, received bribes or have misused state resources for their own benefit,” Cristovao Mondlane, a spokesperson for the Central Office for Combating Corruption (GCCC) said at a press conference.

According to Mondlane, the prosecutors have frozen several bank accounts and seized part of the illicit assets.

“From the total amount, the GCCC was able to recover 17.9 million meticais (about 300,000 U.S. dollars) and seized a property worth at 23.7 million meticais (400,000 U.S. dollars) and five vehicles,” said the spokesperson.

Mondlane added that the amount recovered was much less than desired, because the country does not have a law on the recovery of assets.

“It is necessary that there be a special law for this and a specific office to recover lost assets in cases of corruption,” he said.

The spokesman also admitted that the true amount could be higher and corruption tended to increase which is damaging the national interest of the country.

According to GCCC’s observation throughout the country, central provinces of Nampula and Sofala and the capital city Maputo recorded the highest number of corruption cases.

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EARLIER REPORTS:

Mozambique plans constitution revision after peace talk

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said Wednesday that he will submit to the parliament a proposal for revising the constitution after reaching consensus in peace negotiations with the opposition Renamo’s leader Afonso Dhlakama.

The proposed revision provides for the direct election of provincial, district and municipal assemblies, which later will have the responsibility of nominating their respective presidents or governors.

Nyusi said the governors will respond directly to the provincial assemblies.

Calling this consensus a democratic milestone and “a giant step” for the peace process in the country, the president said it was a result of “dialogue on peace that I have been maintaining with Afonso Dhlakama.”

According to Nyusi, there will also be a secretary of state in each province nominated by the president, who will oversee issues including borders, mineral and energy resources, and taxes.

In May 2017, Renamo agreed to extend their truce with the ruling party Frelimo indefinitely. After presenting three models for the election of provincial governors, Renamo also argued that the governor should have powers to decide and manage issues about natural resources, tax collection, among others.

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Mozambique gets 515 mln USD aid to fight HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis on Thursday allocated 515 million U.S. dollars to support Mozambique’s combat against the three infectious diseases, the leading cause of deaths in the southern African country.

“HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria remain responsible for high morbidity and mortality in the country,” Mozambique’s health minister, Nazira Abdula, told the official launching of the triennial program.

According to the minister, with this grant, the number of new HIV/AIDS infections is expected to be reduced from the current 3.6 to 2.4 per thousand people by 2020. The rate of HIV infection in newborn babies will also decline.

In the fight against tuberculosis, it is expected to reduce the incidence of cases from 551 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2015 to 423 and contribute to reducing the mortality rate from 120 to 63 in 100,000 inhabitants, he said.

In 2017, about 15 million mosquito nets were distributed throughout the Mozambique, and the antiretroviral treatment was made available to a total of 1,320 health units.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, the global fund is a partnership organization founded in 2002 to provide support to countries fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

In Mozambique, 13.2 percent of people aged 15-49 are living with HIV/AIDS.

             

 

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