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About William
William Mapote is a journalist based in Maputo, Mozambique. Have more than 20 year experience in Journalism, with focus on Politics, Economics and Finance, for radio, TV and Print.
Worked as a local stringer to Reuters, Bloomberg and Africa Media Group (Kenia). Locally, worked at Mediacoop, SOICO Group.
Since 2011 till now, is a correspondent of VOA Portuguese service based in Maputo.
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Presidential Candidacy Heats Up Frelimo Central Committee Which Does Not Have the Topic on the Agenda

04 Apr 2024  |  Voice of America
The Frelimo Central Committee is set to meet, and discussions are forming around the presidential candidate for Mozambique's general elections on October 9. Samora Machel Júnior has announced his candidacy, and the Organização da Mulher Moçambicana (OMM) has outlined the desired profile for the next leader. However, the topic is not officially on the meeting's agenda. Isaura Nyusi, president of the OMM, emphasized the importance of knowing the candidate's background. The party's spokesperson, Ludmila Magune, indicated that no official candidates have been announced yet.

Renamo Promises to Take Extradition Agreement with Rwanda to Referendum

21 Mar 2024  |  www.voaportugues.com
Following the parliamentary ratification of the extradition agreement between Mozambique and Rwanda, Renamo, the largest opposition party, announces its intention to take legal action to revoke the agreement. Renamo's spokesperson, Arnaldo Chalaua, plans to submit a request for the declaration of unconstitutionality to the Constitutional Council and to hold a referendum. Adriano Nuvunga, president of the Human Rights Defenders Network in Mozambique, expresses concern for Rwandans in Mozambique, fearing mass extraditions of those who sought refuge from the Rwandan justice system. Prior to the agreement's ratification, Justice Minister Helena Kida assured that Mozambique does not advocate political persecution and that any extradition request would be rigorously scrutinized.

Mozambique: Municipal Elections Without Conclusion

20 Nov 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
In Mozambique, the outcome of the municipal elections remains uncertain as the main parties, Frelimo and Renamo, both claim victory. Renamo is actively protesting, hoping for a reversal of some results, while Frelimo remains confident. The Constitutional Council has requested original documents for contested results, a move seen by some as a step towards electoral transparency. However, there are suspicions about the Council's impartiality, especially given the recent involvement of the President in its anniversary celebrations.

Criticism and Counter-Criticism Dominate Frelimo's Current Affairs After Local Elections

13 Nov 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Despite Frelimo's declared historic electoral victory in the local elections of October 11, the ruling party in Mozambique continues to show signs of division. Prominent figures such as Graça Machel, Samora Machel Júnior, Teodato Hunguana, and Eduardo Nihia have broken their silence and issued unprecedented criticism of the controversial electoral victory. Political commentator José Tomo sees these criticisms as a sign of internal exorcism that should lead to a change in posture, starting with the electoral results. Former Frelimo deputy Amade Camal speaks of a long-standing problem of intolerance to criticism within the party. Historian and political commentator Egídio Vaz defends the current leadership and criticizes the public nature of the internal disputes.

Mozambique: Attorney General 'blames' American justice for Manuel Chang case delay

25 Oct 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Mozambique's Attorney General, Beatriz Buchili, expressed dissatisfaction with the delay in the trial of former Finance Minister Manuel Chang, who has been detained in the U.S. for over five years on financial crime charges. Buchili criticized the American justice system for hindering the case's progress in Mozambique and violating human rights. Analysts Borges Nhamirre and Albino Forquilha dismissed Buchili's complaints, suggesting they were attempts to divert attention from the core issues. The report also addressed corruption, money laundering, terrorism in Cabo Delgado, and kidnapping, highlighting challenges in judicial cooperation with South Africa. Political parties in Mozambique's parliament were divided in their assessment of Buchili's report, with Renamo criticizing it and Frelimo acknowledging ongoing efforts despite challenges.

New Mayor Takes Office and Promises to Make Maputo the City of the Future

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Razaque Manhique, the Frelimo candidate, was sworn in as the new mayor of Maputo in a public ceremony marked by the boycott of opposition candidate Venâncio Mondlane. Manhique, elected in a highly contested election, vowed to respect the law, serve the electorate, and transform Maputo into a future-oriented city. Residents expressed hope that the new mayor would address urban poverty, transportation issues, and flooding, urging him to stay close to the community to find and coordinate solutions for local development.

Mozambique: Anti-Money Laundering Law Imposes Greater Scrutiny on NGOs

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican parliament approved the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Law, which increases scrutiny on non-profit organizations to prevent them from being used for illicit activities. The law was revised to align with international conventions and recommendations after Mozambique was placed on the Financial Action Task Force's Grey List. The opposition parties, MDM and Renamo, expressed concerns about the law being potentially used to persecute civil society and promised to monitor its implementation closely.

Another businessman kidnapped in Mozambique, while anti-kidnapping brigade remains on paper

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Mozambican authorities confirmed another kidnapping in Maputo, bringing the total to 12 kidnappings by alleged faceless squads targeting citizens and businessmen of Asian descent. The latest victim, Ahmad Boia, was kidnapped in the Mahlangalene neighborhood. The National Criminal Investigation Service, through spokesperson Hilário Lole, confirmed the kidnapping and stated that the case is under investigation. Despite the government's announcement over a year and a half ago to create an anti-kidnapping brigade, it has yet to be established. Interior Minister Arsénia Massingue recently stated that she does not know when the brigade will be formed.

Analysts give positive rating to Mozambique's performance in the UN Security Council

01 Oct 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
International relations and diplomacy experts commend Mozambique's first year in the UN Security Council, highlighting its positive representation of Africa. However, they stress the need for better alignment with the African Union on global issues and a different internal political stance to further improve its international image. Despite notable achievements, such as presiding over the Security Council in March, internal political conflicts and perceived institutional dependencies have slightly tarnished Mozambique's image. With a year left in its mandate, Mozambique faces challenges like the Ukraine war, Middle East conflicts, and increasing coups in Africa, necessitating stronger ties with the African Union for a unified stance at the UN.

Doctors' Strike: Rights Conflict Leaves Citizens Without Health Services

18 Aug 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The ongoing doctors' strike in Maputo has led to tragic outcomes and heightened public debate about the conflict between the right to strike and the right to health. The government and medical professionals are at an impasse, with the government prioritizing the right to life over the right to strike. The Order of Lawyers of Mozambique has criticized the government's threats and offered to mediate the conflict. The situation remains unresolved, with public sentiment expecting worsening conditions.

Frelimo Comrades' War Reaches Justice

15 Aug 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Caifadine Manasse, former spokesperson for the Frelimo party, was heard by the Public Prosecutor's Office in a case against former comrades, involving 23 deputies from the Zambézia electoral district. The conflict, which began three months ago, arose from allegations of a Frelimo parliamentarian leading a drug cartel in Zambézia. Manasse, after a 10-hour hearing, sought justice to restore his reputation, claiming the case would not impact the electoral process. His lawyer, human rights activist Custódio Duma, submitted an additional list of alleged accomplices. Political analyst Albino Forquilha noted the case's uniqueness within Frelimo and emphasized the importance of judicial attention due to the public interest implications.

Public sector 'ghosts' defraud the Mozambican state of 10 million dollars

07 Aug 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican state has lost at least 700 million Meticais, over 10 million dollars, to 'ghost workers' in the public sector. This chronic issue persists as monthly state budget funds are drained into accounts of non-existent employees. Biza Novela, director of planning and cooperation at the Ministry of State Administration and Public Service, acknowledges the challenge in locating these workers. The mandatory 'proof of life' system has uncovered numerous cases, especially in the Ministries of Education and Human Development, Health, and the Defense and Security Forces. Academic José Jaime Macuane asserts that these 'ghost workers' are indicative of corruption, with money being siphoned off by individuals manipulating the system.

Mozambique: Law defines employment for minors and penalizes sexual harassment in the workplace

04 Aug 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican Parliament approved a new Labor Law on Friday, August 4, introducing new regulations for the labor market. The law legalizes employment for 15-year-old adolescents with parental authorization and mandates a lighter workload compared to adults. Additionally, the law includes provisions to penalize sexual harassment in the workplace.

Mozambique and Malawi Governments Tighten Fight Against Terrorism

13 Jul 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Mozambique and Malawi have prioritized combating terrorism, emphasizing the threat of radicalization in both countries. During a recent meeting in Blantyre, officials highlighted the shared challenges of radicalization, drug trafficking, and human trafficking. Analysts warn of the potential expansion of terrorist groups from Cabo Delgado into neighboring countries, with Malawi being particularly vulnerable due to its geography and existing conflicts. The SADC has extended the mandate of its military mission, SAMIM, to further stabilize the region and facilitate the safe return of displaced persons.

Mozambique Avoids About One Million AIDS Deaths, But Still Faces Challenges

19 Jun 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Mozambique's National Council for the Fight Against AIDS (CNCS) has reported significant progress in the fight against AIDS over the past 20 years, with approximately one million deaths and 900,000 new infections prevented between 2000 and 2022. Despite these achievements, the country still faces high mortality and infection rates, with over 80,000 deaths and 2.4 million people living with HIV. The Zambézia province has the highest number of new cases. The success has been supported by international donors such as Italy's Community of Sant'Egidio and the United States' PEPFAR. However, with potential discontinuation of donor support, Health Minister Armindo Tiago emphasizes the need for a transition roadmap to maintain and sustain these health gains.

Mozambique: Salary Reduction of Sovereign Bodies Divides Government and Parliament

30 May 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Mozambican MPs are faced with approving their own salary reductions, a proposal that has caused widespread dissatisfaction and put the agenda on hold since Monday. Following the IMF's remarks on public sector wage spending, the Mozambican government decided to adjust the top of the wage chain to ensure sustainability and balance in public finances. This includes reducing the remuneration of all members of state bodies, including ministers, judges, prosecutors, and MPs. MPs are set to lose 32.5% of their monthly income, while ministers will lose about $812. The parliamentary debate on the issue was scheduled for Monday but was postponed to Tuesday due to the MPs' discontent with the proposal.

Mozambican nurses announce strike starting June 1

23 May 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican Association of Health Professionals announced a national strike starting June 1, demanding better salaries and working conditions. The strike, set to last 25 days with a possibility of extension, was declared by the association's president, Anselmo Machava, in Maputo. Key issues include the lack of gloves, excessive working hours, and poor wages. Last year, nurses did not join the doctors' strike.

Government hands over Mozambique Airlines to international management

05 Apr 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican government announced the handover of Mozambique Airlines (LAM) to international management to address the airline's ongoing crisis. Following studies recommending a new direction, a mixed team led by an international company, likely Fly Modern Ark, will manage LAM to stabilize its finances within six months. The intervention aims to restructure and potentially privatize the airline. The national private sector supports the move, hoping it will benefit the economy and reduce ticket costs.

Frelimo Moves Forward with Constitutional Amendment to Postpone District Elections

04 Apr 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Frelimo, the majority parliamentary group in Mozambique's Assembly of the Republic, has proposed a constitutional amendment to remove the fixed date for district elections set for 2024, arguing that political, economic, administrative, and legal conditions are not met. The opposition, including Renamo and MDM, criticizes the move as a blow to democracy and contrary to the current Constitution. The district elections were part of the 2019 peace agreement commitments made by President Filipe Nyusi and the late Renamo leader Ossufo Momade. Mozambique is scheduled to hold municipal elections in October this year and general elections in 2024.

Mozambique: Government and Renamo Close Last Chapter of Maputo Peace Agreement, but Elections Divide the Parties

23 Mar 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Mozambique's government and Renamo have officially completed the disarmament, demilitarization, and reintegration of former Renamo guerrillas, marking the full implementation of the Maputo peace agreements signed four years ago. The ceremony, attended by Presidents Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, and UN representative Cristina Duarte, was praised as an example of peaceful conflict resolution. However, Renamo leader Ossufo Momade warned of prevailing risks, particularly issues overshadowing the electoral process, such as alleged irregularities in the recent electoral registration.

Maputo: Kidnappings Continue to Worry Businesspeople

16 Mar 2023  |  voaportugues.com
A 47-year-old Mozambican businesswoman of Asian descent was kidnapped outside her company in Maputo, despite government assurances in parliament about combating kidnappings. The Criminal Investigation Police (SERNIC) is investigating the case. Official data shows 28 kidnappings of businesspeople or their relatives since 2021, mostly in Maputo and Matola, with 15 cases resolved. The anti-kidnapping brigade announced by the President over two years ago remains inactive, drawing criticism from Renamo spokesperson Arnaldo Chalaua. Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane spoke of ongoing specialized training and equipment mobilization to improve the unit's operational capacity.

Study points to political influence as one of the factors for the collapse of fisheries in Mozambique

16 Mar 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
A study by the Centro de Integridade Pública highlights the severe mismanagement and political influence plaguing Mozambique's fisheries sector, which once significantly contributed to the national economy. The report identifies lack of enforcement, political promiscuity, and illegal fishing by foreign entities, particularly Chinese, as key factors in the sector's decline. Despite recognizing these challenges, the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries projects a slight increase in production for 2023. The study calls for stringent and permanent enforcement to combat illegal activities and restore the sector's viability.

Floods and Cholera Outbreak Put Mozambique on Alert

15 Feb 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
President Filipe Nyusi has warned of worsening conditions across Mozambique due to floods affecting over 39,000 people, particularly in Maputo province and city. Nyusi highlighted the risk of more rain leading to further flooding and urged local authorities to prevent people from returning to high-risk areas. The floods have impacted around 300 schools, with 50 in critical condition, leading to a suspension of classes for a week in the most affected areas. Additionally, Mozambique faces a cholera outbreak with approximately 4,000 cases and 32 deaths since the start of the rainy season in October, alongside a significant number of malaria cases and 83 deaths.

Floods kill seven people and displace thousands in Maputo

13 Feb 2023  |  www.voaportugues.com
Seven people died in Maputo province due to floods caused by last week's heavy rains, displacing over 30,000 people. Many are sheltered in schools turned into temporary centers. The government, led by Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane, is assessing the damage and providing aid, with the rainy season expected to continue until March, potentially worsening the situation.

Cabo Delgado: Social Activists Question the Evaluation Commission on the Humanitarian Situation

08 Feb 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Social activists and political analysts are questioning the transparency of the Independent Commission announced by the French multinational Total Energy to assess the security and humanitarian situation in Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique. The commission, led by Jean Christophe Rufin, former French ambassador to Senegal and Gambia, is expected to deliver a report by the end of the month, which will inform decisions on resuming natural gas exploration activities in Palma district. The Human Rights Defenders Network disputes the commission, citing biases, and insists that such a commission should be established by appropriate bodies with state-created terms of reference. Political analyst Gil Aníbal emphasizes the need for local actors, including the government and communities, to be included in the commission to avoid an unrepresentative report. There are also concerns about who will bear the costs of the commission's work.

Mid-term of Filipe Nyusi's mandate divides opinions

16 Jan 2023  |  voaportugues.com
Filipe Nyusi began the penultimate year of his second term as President of Mozambique amidst mixed opinions about his performance. In his self-assessment, Nyusi refrained from claiming victories but mentioned that the impact of his actions would be seen in the medium to long term. He emphasized peace as a key battle and noted achievements in that area. However, citizens in Maputo are divided, with some recognizing improvements in water supply and electrification, while others point out setbacks in human rights and the ongoing conflict in Cabo Delgado. Analyst Edilson Manjate suggests that Nyusi's greatest legacy could be leaving the country without conflict.

Mozambican Doctors Suspend Strike

22 Dec 2022  |  voaportugues.com
The Mozambican Medical Association, led by President Milton Tatie, announced the suspension of a strike that had been ongoing since the beginning of the month. The decision, influenced by public appeal and the President of the Republic, aims to ensure a peaceful festive season with adequate medical care. The suspension will last for one month starting from the following Friday, which is four days before the initially planned end of the strike. Tatie emphasized that their demands remain unmet and that they will reassess their position after 30 days.

Mozambican Parliament Creates CPI to Investigate Alleged Involvement of Deputy with Drug Trafficking

21 Dec 2022  |  www.voaportugues.com
The Mozambican Parliament will soon establish a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) to investigate the alleged involvement of a Frelimo deputy in drug trafficking. The announcement was made by Sérgio Pantie, leader of the Frelimo parliamentary group, during the closing speech of the parliamentary year. The accusation was initially made by Renamo deputy Venâncio Mondlane, leading to public demand for clarification. The parliamentary year also saw the postponement of debates on several complex agendas, including laws on Social Communication, Broadcasting, and non-profit organizations, which will be addressed next year.

Cabo Delgado: Five villages recovered from terrorists, authorities say

11 Aug 2021  |  www.voaportugues.com
Intense combat in Mocímboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado, has led to the recovery of five villages from insurgents associated with the Islamic State. The joint operations by Mozambican and Rwandan forces have been described as positive and effective. Commanders Jaime Zaqueu and Bernardino Rafael emphasized the importance of learning from the Rwandan forces to maintain control after their departure.

Water – A Blessing and a Curse in Mozambique

01 Mar 2013  |  Inter Press Service
Mozambique is grappling with the aftermath of severe flooding, the worst since 2000, prompting calls for a national dialogue on water management and sustainable development. The country, which receives over half of its annual surface water flow from neighboring countries, is prone to natural disasters, especially floods. Recent floods have resulted in 113 deaths and affected 250,000 people. The National Institute for Disaster Management has been active in evacuating and aiding affected individuals. However, the floods also highlight the country's inadequate infrastructure and dam management. Additionally, there are concerns about the impact of forestry projects on Mozambique's water supply, as the government has granted land concessions for commercial tree plantations, which could significantly deplete water resources. Experts emphasize the need for careful analysis of these projects' effects on the water balance and stress the importance of water as a key issue for the future.

Mozambican Farmers Fear Foreign Land Grabs

22 Feb 2013  |  Inter Press Service
Mozambican farmers are concerned about the increasing number of land leases to foreign agribusinesses, which they fear will lead to land scarcity and displacement of local communities. The Mozambique’s National Peasants Union (UNAC) spokesperson João Palate highlighted that the government's actions could prioritize investors over local farmers. The largest project, ProSavana, has allocated over 10 million hectares to Brazilian and Japanese investors, raising concerns about food security as the focus is on export crops like soybeans. Instances of displacement have been reported, such as in Niassa Province by Chikweti Forests and in Zambézia Province by Portuguese agribusiness Quifel. Promises of compensation and new land have often gone unfulfilled, leaving farmers like Delfina Sidónio and Ernesto Elias without their traditional lands and livelihoods. The government acknowledges these issues but has limited its role to encouraging dialogue. Experts suggest adopting 'win-win' solutions to protect community land rights while promoting agricultural investment.

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