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While the net closes on Nyusi and Chang, the biggest fish swims free

The men who were finance minister and defence minister when the ‘hidden debts’ were signed are both fighting to avoid a day in court; one from a prison cell in South Africa, the other from the presidential palace in Maputo

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

Good afternoon. A decade on from the first loan deals being signed in what was once known as the tuna bonds scandal, the net is closing in on two key players: the men who were finance minister, and defence minister, at the time the ‘hidden debts’ were signed. Both are fighting to avoid a day in court; but while one is doing so from a prison cell in South Africa, the other is doing so from the comfort of the presidential palace in Maputo.

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