Good afternoon, and welcome back from the long weekend. We are now in election season, and the analysis coming from CIP and Joseph Hanlon, who have together reported on every election Mozambique has ever had, is that Frelimo has demanded its activists produce a win in every single municipality. How they do so is up to them.
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A major battle took place over the weekend in Muidumbe district, further evidence that the conflict is coming back after a lull during the rain and fasting season.
The man in charge of the campaign is Celso Correia, nominally the agriculture minister, but that part of his portfolio is likely to take up less and less of his time over the next 18 months. Because after he delivers Frelimo a resounding victory in this October’s municipal elections, attention will turn to reelecting a Frelimo president. And a resounding victory would strengthen the hand of the president who oversaw it — and, of course, the campaign manager.
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The dream of a third term for President Nyusi is alive and well, despite Nyusi’s failure to persuade the respected and independent CRED commission to go near the issue.