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Judge dread

Mozambique's judges are preparing to go on strike, over pay but also over understandable concerns for their personal safety

President Filipe Nyusi (left) receiving the president of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi, in Maputo today

Good afternoon. The latest public sector strike that has been threatened in Mozambique is causing widespread consternation. This time, it’s the Mozambican judges’ association who have given a month’s notice that they will withdraw their labour for a month starting on 9 August.

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The government said yesterday that it had not yet received notification of the strike, but the judges did at least inform them in May that they were considering striking if certain issues were not dealt with. As well as predictable grievances over pay, the judges also say they are concerned for their personal safety — a concern which would appear to be well justified.

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