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The insurgency returns to Nampula

The insurgents are thought to be looking for recruits in at least one district

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

Good afternoon. Last week saw a milestone which the government would prefer never to have reached: the first attack by Islamic State-backed insurgents in Nampula province for over a year and a half, as we reported yesterday. Local people clearly believe that the insurgents intend to press further into the province: some have fled from Memba district, which borders the frontier district of Eráti where last week’s attacks took place, including from the village of Chipene, where in 2022 a Catholic mission was attacked and a nun killed.

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Today’s front pages O País and CanalMoz lead with the “drama” in health centres caused by the health workers’ strike. Another O País headline has to do with the demand by the largest opposition party Renamo for state compensation for the victims of the shipwreck in Nampula on 7 April, in which 98 people died. Another CanalMoz headline mentions the electoral law package under review, one of whose laws authorises the president of the Constitutional Council to carry out hiring without a public tender process during the electoral process. Notícias leads with Mozambique’s expectation of receiving more funds from the World Bank, following the country’s participation in the International Association for Africa’s Development summit. Other headlines include the indictment of six education ministry officials for embezzling MZN58.8m of Covid-19 funds. 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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