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The government's transparency problem

The financing of international troops in Cabo Delgado is clearly a matter of public interest. Why won't President Nyusi let parliament scrutinise it?

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

Good afternoon. The Mozambican government is proving reluctant to share information with the Mozambican public about the international help it is receiving to combat the insurgency in Cabo Delgado. Speaking in Washington DC yesterday, President Filipe Nyusi bristled at the suggestion that the military support from Rwanda, and from the Southern African Development Community, was a relevant issue for parliament to discuss.

But these questions are of course of huge relevance to the country, and therefore to parliament, where the people’s elected representatives sit.

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From the Zitamar Live Blog:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Cabo Ligado Update: 1-14 April 2024 ▪️ Insurgents kill at least four civilians in Quissanga district ▪️ ISM fighters scatter as government launches offensive in Mucojo ▪️ Most SAMIM forces withdraw from Cabo Delgado Also available in Portuguese

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