"This meeting represents another significant step in their joint efforts to
achieve a lasting peace that will benefit the security and prosperity of the
people of the Republic of Mozambique," said the U.S. press release.
groups in Mozambican society also expressed their appreciation of the meeting,
and addressed the responsibilities of each part involved in the negotiation
aimed at reaching an agreement that will put an end to the reconciliation
efforts that have been dragging on since 1992.
"We must rejoice, we must be trustful and bear in mind that the level of
trust increased between the two, but need to be on guard to make sure nothing
spoils this situation," said Lourenco do Rosario, an academic and former member
of the observatory mission during the peace talks in Maputo.
Since the declaration of this indefinite truce, Mozambique has witnessed no
more attacks along the roads, particularly in its central and northern regions.
Mozambican authorities take second former
minister to court
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambique Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a process to justice
authorities against the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo
Zucula for allegedly approving undue payments while serving in office.
The file issued by the anti-corruption bureau states that the former minister
authorized remuneration on behalf of board members from the National Institute
of Civil Aviation, a branch from his ministry, local media reports on Tuesday.
Therefore the accusations extend against the former administrator of the
aviation institute, the former general director of the Institute and the former
head of the finance department.
The accused allegedly approved payments equivalent to their wages justifying
as salary advances and never refunded the money until the amount reached
The anti-corruption bureau says that one of the undue payments include
flights ticket to a family member of one of the board members from the aviation
institute, when her benefit package did not include this item.
Zucula was sacked from his position as minister while serving the term of
former president Armando Guebuza and he is expected to appear in court to
clarify this questions raised by the anti-corruption bureau.
Zucula will be the second minister from the same ministry taken to court
accused of corruption after his predecessor, Antonio Muguambe was sentenced to 4
years in prison for using state funds to pay for school fees of his children
overseas as well as to accept a vehicle as a gift from the Mozambique Airports.
Zucula was once deputy-minister of agriculture during the period of the
former president Joaquim Chissano and returned to the government positions when
appointed for general director of the National Institute of Disaster Management
and later Minister of Transport and Communications under the term of president
He is also the second former minister taken to court this year, after the
accused Abdulremane Lino de Almeida, former minister of Justice, Constitutional
and Religious Affairs was condemned to two years in prison in July this year.
Abdulremane was accused by the anti-corruption bureau of abusing power and
approving undue payments to individuals with no bond with the government.
He was sacked from his position a year later after appointed in 2015 by
president of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi.
Car crash kills five, injures 28 in
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Local police authorities in Mozambique blamed human error for the
fatal accident that killed 5 people and injured 28 others in southern Inhambane
province on Tuesday.
Radio Mozambique quoted the Police Head of Public Relation Juma Ali citing
excessive speed, violation of traffic rules and fatigue driving among the
preliminary reasons that led to the fatal crash in the first hours of Tuesday.
The accident involved a bus transporting passengers from the central city of
Quelimane in Zambezia province to the capital Maputo when it strongly hit a
broken-down truck parked along the lane.
"For nearly every car crash that we register in Inhambane there is always a
human error, particularly for buses transporting passengers, the accident was in
a dangerous zone vulnerable to accidents, the signalization is clear, the driver
shouldn’t be at the speed he was driving," said Ali.
"The other thing is fatigue, the most fatal accidents involve long distance
transporters in which there is the same driver who is behind the stirring wheel
for more than 24 hours," added Ali.
The police again appeals drivers to observe road traffic and follow
recommendations to drive along the established hours to avoid accidents that
Last year in April the same region had a similar accident killing 15 people
when a bus transporting passengers hit a broken-down truck loaded with timber.