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Mobile phone tariffs: making the poor poorer

People are seeing their living costs rise for the sake of supporting a loss-making company

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

Good afternoon. Back in March, this newsletter warned that the National Institute of Telecommunications of Mozambique (INCM) was planning changes to mobile phone tariffs which would raise the costs of mobile phone usage. The government knew that this would be the effect of the changes, but it has allowed them to go ahead anyway. As a result, the high cost of living from which many Mozambicans suffer has just got even higher.

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Today’s front pages O País leads with a complaint by judges about receiving threats and intimidation in the course of their work. Other headlines mention the receipt by the Mozambican state of MZN6.3bn in dividends from the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric company and plans (not by the United Kingdom, as it reports, but by the island of Jersey, which is separate) to return £829,500 ($1m) to Mozambique, found to have been gained through corruption. Notícias leads with the government’s announcement to launch more bidding processes for oil and gas licences in the medium term. Other headlines include the deaths of 189 people in the last four months due to maritime accidents. 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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