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Double or quits as Samim leaves Cabo Delgado

The Mozambican government has high hopes for fighting the insurgency after regional troops leave, but the risks are high too

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

Good afternoon. Regional troops from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have all but finished leaving Cabo Delgado province, at the end of a nearly three-year mission to fight the insurgency there. Contrary to what defence minister Cristóvão Chume says (see below), they have not fulfilled their mission, which was to neutralise the insurgent threat, and most of the districts Chume mentioned as being under control are in fact still being occupied, attacked or threatened by insurgents. In fact, insurgents have managed to hold the town of Mucojo and the surrounding area for about two months now, the first time they have held a town since losing Mocímboa da Praia in 2022.

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Today’s front pages O País and Notícias lead with President Nyusi’s appeal to more developed countries to convert African countries’ debt into climate investments. Other newspaper headlines include the announcement that the cooking gas plant in Inhambane province will be operational by the end of this year. Mediafax leads with the withdrawal of the Southern African Development Community’s military mission in Mozambique, with defence minister Cristóvão Chume saying that the group had reached the objective for which it was created. CanalMoz leads with Mozambique’s largest business association CTA claiming that the government is charging companies 25 illegal fees. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media every weekday 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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