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The extradition treaty with Rwanda puts refugees’ lives at risk

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

Good afternoon. Mozambique is shortly to have an extradition treaty with Rwanda, after the treaty was approved in outline by parliament yesterday (see below). Ruling party Frelimo used its majority to push through the measure, which opposition parties voted against. According to opponents of the treaty, its passage will mean that the government of Paul Kagame will be able to do through legal channels what it has previously done through illegal ones, which is to persecute opponents of his rule who have fled abroad. Critics, including the NGO the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights and the MDM party, also claim that the treaty has been agreed in exchange for Rwanda’s military support fighting the insurgents in Cabo Delgado province.

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Today’s front pages in Maputo all feature the National Assembly’s ratification of a new extradition treaty with Rwanda, as well as tributes to Mozambican journalist Simião Ponguana, who died recently from cancer. Opposition party Renamo features in O Pais for accusing ruling party Frelimo of mismanaging voter registration funds for this year’s general election. Renamo’s delegate for Sofala province, Horácio Calavete, also features in Zambeze saying that both Venâncio Mondlane and Elias Dhlakama are unworthy of leading Renamo. Notícias covers the Financial Information Office of Mozambique tracking MZN1bn on suspicion the money was being laundered for criminal activity, and Italian energy company Eni’s plan to to accelerate gas drilling in the Rovuma basin off Cabo Delgado province. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media on weekdays 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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