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Cabo Delgado: Nyusi flies in

The president seems to have taken charge of the response to the latest wave of insurgent attacks

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. President Filipe Nyusi was not scheduled to visit Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province yesterday, but the increasingly violent and disruptive insurgency in the south of the province seems to have forced him to change his plans. When a government wants to show that it cares about a previously overlooked part of the country, it is customary for ministers to hold a meeting there, and that is what Nyusi and several of his ministers at least, including defence minister Cristovão Chume, did in Pemba (see below). We also understand he had a meeting with Major-General Alex Kagame, commander of the Rwanda Defence Force’s mission in Mozambique.

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Today and yesterday’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. 21 February: Notícias led with cholera vaccinations freeing 8 districts of the disease in the last month; new tax regulations speeding Mozambique’s exit from the international financial “grey list”; and plans to acquire new buoys for national ports. Canal de Moçambique’s front page story is on tension brewing inside ruling party Frelimo, as the party has yet to meet to nominate possible presidential candidates, leading some to theorise that the timing is meant to destabilise “unwanted” candidates. 22 February: Notícias leads with a story on the insurgents trying and apparently failing to recruit young people in the districts of Metuge, Mecufi and Chiúre; formal disputes over land in the past two years, half of which remain unresolved; and the opening of new vocational training centers. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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