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The wrong time to quit Cabo Delgado

The regional forces now leaving the province are still vital to containing the insurgency

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

Good afternoon. The full impact of the recent wave of insurgent attacks in Cabo Delgado province is now becoming clear. According to the latest figures from the International Organisation for Migration, close to 60,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in the space of two weeks as a result (see below).

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💥Islamic State Mozambique (ISM) has claimed responsibility for burning several government buildings in the village of Muege in the Chiúre district of Cabo Delgado province. The date of the attack was not specified but insurgents were sighted in the area on 25 February, local sources told Zitamar News. ISM also claimed responsibility for burning a church and several homes, including the house of the village leader, in a village called “Monothi” in Chiúre, but its location has not yet been identified.
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Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads with yesterday’s declaration of an orange level alert due to intense drought in the south, and heavy rains in the north of the country. That is followed by a story on the training of 20,000 people to register voters for the upcoming general elections, and a piece on the International Monetary Fund commending recent salary reforms. Canal de Moçambique leads with words from the outgoing mayor of Nacala, the Renamo party’s Raúl Novinte, who said in a recent speech: “with [party leader] Ossufo [Mondlane] Renamo is finished”. Underneath, a headline claims that President Filipe Nyusi is preparing a “surprise operation” with respect to choosing his successor in ruling party Frelimo. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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