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Why SADC is leaving Mozambique

The Mozambican government has never wanted a regional military force in its country. Now it needs to produce an alternative

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

Good afternoon. If you believe Filimão Suaze,  the spokesman for the Council of Ministers, then the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s regional military force is leaving Mozambique because it has done what it needed to do: if the Islamic State-backed insurgency in Cabo Delgado province has not disappeared, it is much reduced.

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Today’s front pages in Maputo. Notícias leads with the news that the Pequenos Libombos dam, which supplies water to Maputo city, has a water supply that will last until 2026. Other stories cover the government’s approval of five oil and gas exploration contracts in offshore areas, and the construction of 19 mini electricity grids in areas without connection to the national grid. Canal de Moçambique leads with ruling party Frelimo lawyer Teodoro Waty’s comments on the party’s delay in nominating presidential candidates, and a tribute to Manuel Tome, Frelimo’s former general secretary and influential journalist. O Pais leads with government negotiations with health workers who will strike from tomorrow, followed by a headline saying that six people were killed in Maputo and Inhambane provinces after this week’s heavy rains. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media on weekdays 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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