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Elections: time for the begging bowl

There is a funding gap for this year’s elections, but donors are unlikely to rush to close it

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

Good afternoon. The elections that Mozambique will hold on 9 October this year look set to be among the most expensive ever held. The National Elections Commission (CNE) has budgeted for them to cost around $312m in total, compared to MZN6.5bn (about $104m at the time) the last time elections for president, members of parliament and provinces were held in 2019. Even allowing for inflation, that is a big jump. The widespread fraud in last year’s local elections makes it overwhelmingly likely that these elections will see as much, if not more, manipulation of the vote in favour of ruling party Frelimo. The value for money is therefore questionable.

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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads with the $2 billion investment into the Port of Maputo, which should start in June; a call from the speaker of parliament for increased international cooperation to combat the insurgents in Cabo Delgado; and the U-turn on a sharp hike in fees for registry and notary services. Weekly Savana’s lead story is on the displacement of thousands of people by insurgent attacks in Cabo Delgado, which it calls the biggest humanitarian crisis since June 2022. That’s followed by a headline about South African company Fly Modern Ark accusing LAM of embezzlement, and the discomfort it has caused the government. 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

Today's newspaper headlines in Maputo

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