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The return of foreign funding

Mozambique's days excluded from donor funding seem to coming to an end, but it is unclear if the government will be held to account in return

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

Good afternoon. The European Union (EU)’s decision announced yesterday to renew its military training mission in Mozambique is absolutely critical for the Mozambican government. It comes at a time when the withdrawal of the Southern African Development Community’s regional forces from Cabo Delgado province is leaving a security gap which the insurgents are proving skilled at exploiting.

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Daniel Chapo, governor of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane, arrived in Matola on 3 May to participate in the ruling party Frelimo's selection of its next presidential candidate. Two days later, he left the meeting as the candidate elect — to the surprise of everyone, including himself.

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💥 Insurgents attacked the village of Nanduli in the Ancuabe district of Cabo Delgado province yesterday, burning a school and several homes. Islamic State claimed its fighters targeted a Mozambican army garrison but there were no reported fatalities.

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