Welcome to this week’s Zitamar Podcast, featuring news and analysis from Zitamar's editor, Tom Bowker, and the Mozambican journalist and pundit Fernando Lima.
First, Tom and Fernando discussed the reaction in Mozambique to their election as a non-permanent member to the UN Security Council, an event which has instilled a strong feeling of pride within many Mozambicans.
They then turned to news that Cabo Delgado insurgents have extended their offensive into Ancuabe district, the first confirmed attack in the district since the insurgency began four and a half years ago. Fernando and Tom offer their analysis on both the humanitarian consequences of these attacks and the impact to local graphite projects which have been targeted.
You can read more here on the Zitamar News website:
- Insurgents extend offensive into Ancuabe district
- Insurgents behead two workers at Australian mining operation in Ancuabe
We also discussed the Frelimo Central Committee meeting that took place a few weeks ago, with questions remaining over whether President Nyusi will be allowed to run for a third term, and the news that South Africa has ruled against extraditing former finance minister Manuel Chang to the USA, rather than Mozambique.
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