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Charles Mangwiro

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About Charles
Charles Mangwiro is a journalist based in Maputo, Mozambique.

Currently I work a journalist for Radio Mozambique and I am a stringer for Voice Of America, VOA in Maputo.
 
For the past twenty five (25) years I have been working as a
journalist and I acquired vast experience in writing and covering
news stories (almost everything under the sun) in Mozambique and withing the Southern African Development Community, SADC region. 

Over the years, between 1999 and 2011, I have also worked as
Maputo-based sringer for Reuters News Agency & TV as well as a back-up reporter BBC World Service in Mozambique. In addition, I am also a FIXER.

I fluently write and speak both English and Portuguese as well as a translator/interpreter in both languages.

Among some of the key achievements includes covering breaking
political, Economic and major disaster stories as well as emerging
economies with a particular focus on agriculture in Mozambique

I have invaluable experience, having worked for a number of Radio and
Television stations in South Africa and across Europe.

During over two decades of my work experience I have been involved in
the regional and international news coverage as an individual and as
part of International press crews.
Languages
English Portuguese
Services
Audio package (Radio / Podcast) Interview (Video / Broadcast) News Gathering
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Skills
Business Politics Current Affairs
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Portfolio

SADC withdraws troops from Mozambique

28 Mar 2024  |  IJR
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will withdraw its troops from Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province by July 15th due to financial constraints. The SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), which includes troops from eight SADC countries, has been assisting Mozambique in combating an Islamist insurgency. Despite a 12-month extension approved in August 2023, the withdrawal has been confirmed amidst ongoing violence and new terrorist attacks. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi stated that Mozambique will continue bilateral cooperation with SADC countries and other friendly nations. The decision to prioritize the mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo over SAMIM was emphasized by Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs Veronica Macamo. Expert commentary highlighted the need for Mozambique to demonstrate its capacity to provide security and protection for vulnerable populations.

US Reiterates Support of Mozambique's Fight Against Militants

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voaafrica.com
The U.S. State Department, represented by Dafna Rand, reaffirms its support for Mozambique in combating militants, emphasizing youth education and economic stability. The U.S. aims to strengthen Mozambique's military and infrastructure, collaborating with the World Bank to improve local facilities. Despite international energy investments by Exxon Mobil and Total, Mozambique faces ongoing militant attacks, particularly in Cabo Delgado, resulting in significant casualties and displacement. The U.S. remains the largest donor to Mozambique, providing substantial annual assistance.

South Africa turns to Mozambique to try to get the lights back on

23 Jun 2023  |  theafricareport.com
Mozambique has agreed to supply South Africa with 100MW of electricity on a short-term basis to address its power crisis, with an additional 600MW expected within six months. The initial supply will come from the Nacala floating power plant, with further power from a floating station in Maputo and a thermal station in Ressano Garcia. Mozambique faces its own power shortages, but the agreement is seen as mutually beneficial, providing revenue for Mozambique and aiding South Africa's economic development. Mozambique's largest power plant, HCB, supplies most of its power to South Africa and Zimbabwe, with only a small percentage consumed domestically. Several energy projects are underway in Mozambique, including the Temane thermal power station and the Mpanda Nkuwa hydroelectric project, which are expected to significantly improve the electricity supply in the region.

US Reiterates Support for Mozambique's Fight Against Cabo Delgado Militants

25 Apr 2023  |  voanews.com
The United States is reaffirming its commitment to support Mozambique in combating Islamist militants in the oil-rich Cabo Delgado province. Dafna Rand, the U.S. State Department's director of the office of foreign assistance, emphasized the importance of local development, education, and military cooperation during her visit to Mozambique. Despite the presence of international energy companies like Exxon Mobil and Total, and military aid from Rwanda and SADC countries, Mozambique continues to face challenges in curbing militant attacks that have caused nearly 5,000 casualties and displaced about 1 million people since 2017. The U.S. is the largest bilateral donor to Mozambique, contributing over $560 million annually.

Mozambique Legalizes Local Militias to Help Fight Northern Insurgents

12 Apr 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Mozambique has legalized the creation of local militias to support the military in combating Islamist militants in Cabo Delgado. The decree, approved after a Cabinet meeting, aims to formalize and strengthen the role of these militias, which include ex-combatants and civilians. The conflict, ongoing since 2017, has resulted in nearly 5,000 deaths and displaced over 1 million people. The local militias will work alongside Mozambican armed forces and international military contingents to protect communities and infrastructure.

Mozambique Legalizes Local Militias to Fight Islamist Militants

05 Apr 2023  |  Voice of America
Mozambique's government has officially legalized the formation of local militias to combat Islamist militants in the Cabo Delgado province. This decision, announced by Cabinet spokesman Filimao Suazi, follows the parliamentary approval obtained in November. The local militias, which include ex-combatants and civilians, have been aiding the Mozambican armed forces and troops from Rwanda and Southern African Development Community countries since 2020. The decree aims to provide better structure, organization, and logistical support to these militias. The conflict in Cabo Delgado, ongoing since 2017, has resulted in nearly 5,000 deaths and displaced over 1 million people, with militants linked to the Islamic State group being the primary adversary.

Mozambican Government Asks for Help Fighting Terrorism

30 Mar 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Mozambique's Defense Minister Cristovao Chume has requested foreign military personnel from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Portugal, and Ukraine to share their expertise with Mozambique's security forces to combat violent extremism in Cabo Delgado province. Chume emphasized the need for a collective effort to address terrorism and transnational crimes in Africa. Mozambique is receiving military support from Rwanda, the Southern African Development Community, the United States, and the European Union. President Filipe Nyusi reiterated the need for international assistance to fight terrorism during a United Nations Peacebuilding Commission meeting in New York.

UN Refugee Agency in Mozambique Appeals for Help to Deal with DRC Refugees

29 Mar 2023  |  Voice of America
The U.N. refugee agency's representative in Mozambique, Samuel Chakwera, has called for additional resources to support refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who are exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique. The region is already dealing with its own internally displaced persons due to conflicts, including the fight against Islamist-linked insurgents in Cabo Delgado province. Mozambique hosts approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, with a significant number in urban areas. The U.N. agency, in coordination with the Mozambican government, is seeking more funding for resilient shelter and other needs, especially in the face of climate-induced disasters like Cyclone Freddy, which recently caused extensive damage and displacement.

Mozambique's Cyclone Death Toll Hits 53

16 Mar 2023  |  voanews.com
Cyclone Freddy's impact on Mozambique has resulted in 53 deaths and the displacement of nearly 50,000 people, as reported by President Filipe Nyusi. The cyclone caused drownings, electrocutions, fires, and other incidents in the worst-hit city of Quelimane. Over 1,500 classrooms and 52 clinics were destroyed in Zambezia province. The government has dispatched 250 security personnel for rescue operations and allocated nearly $4 million for recovery efforts. A permanent post-cyclone reconstruction office will be established, and an assessment will be conducted to mobilize resources for recovery and reconstruction.

US Calls for Redoubled Efforts to Fight Insurgents in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado

30 Jan 2023  |  allAfrica.com
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Greenfield emphasized the need for increased efforts to combat insurgents in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado. During her visit to Mozambique, part of a three-nation African tour, she highlighted the United States' readiness to collaborate with Mozambique in the United Nations Security Council. Mozambique is currently facing a significant security challenge from an armed insurgency in Cabo Delgado, with some attacks claimed by the Islamic State. The insurgents, known locally as al-Shabab but unrelated to the Somali group, have been active since 2017, resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths and the displacement of almost 1 million people.

US Calls for Redoubled Efforts to Fight Insurgents in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

27 Jan 2023  |  www.voanews.com
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Greenfield emphasized the need for increased efforts to combat insurgents in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado. During her visit to Mozambique, part of a three-nation African tour, she expressed the U.S.'s willingness to collaborate with Mozambique in the United Nations Security Council. Mozambique is currently facing a significant security challenge from an armed insurgency in Cabo Delgado, with some attacks claimed by the Islamic State. The insurgent group, known locally as al-Shabab but unrelated to the Somali group, has been active since 2017, resulting in nearly 5,000 deaths and the displacement of almost 1 million people.

Mozambique’s President Unveils Southern African Troops to Fight Insurgents

10 Aug 2021  |  voanews.com
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, during a visit to Cabo Delgado province, revealed the deployment of Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Tanzania to combat insurgents in the region. The SADC Standby Force joins Mozambican and Rwandan troops who recently recaptured the key port city of Mocímboa da Praia from Islamist militants. The SADC mission is suggested to include around 3,000 troops, with Botswana contributing nearly 300. South African Major General Xolani Mankayi, commander of the SADC force, expressed commitment to restoring peace. The insurgents, known as Al-Shabab but unrelated to the Somali group, have caused over 2,500 deaths and displaced more than 800,000 people since 2017, impacting multi-billion dollar gas projects.

WFP: Unrest in Northern Mozambique Creating Acute Food Shortages

20 Dec 2020  |  voanews.com
The World Food Program warns that escalating violence and insecurity in Mozambique's northern provinces of Cabo Delgado, Niassa, and Nampula are causing life-threatening food shortages. Disruptions in agriculture and soaring food prices have led to emergency levels of food insecurity for over 900,000 people. The WFP found malnourished children on the brink of starvation, particularly in Cabo Delgado, which has the highest rates of chronic malnutrition. The WFP plans to scale up its operations to reach 750,000 people and is seeking $117 million for the next 12 months to prevent having to cut food rations.
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