MOZAMBIQUE276News reports & clippings 19 January 2015
Editor: Joseph Hanlon
New government named
The new president, Filipe Nyusi, named his government on Saturday. There has been a stress on experience and competence, but also a careful balance of interest groups.
The key appointment is of Pedro Couto as Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Until now deputy finance minister, he has a high reputation for integrity and independent thinking. He will be strict with both the Frelimo elite and with the gas and oil companies.
The respected former governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Adriano Maleiane, becomes Minister Economy and Finance.
Nyusi has reduced the number of ministries from 19 to 13, so that the ministries of Finance and of Planning and Development are merged into the Ministry of Economy and Finance, while Mineral Resources and Energy are also merged. These will be the two most powerful ministries.
Two key ministers retain their posts: Oldemiro Baloi as Foreign Minister and Jose Pacheco as head of an expanded Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
Pacheco is a member of the Frelimo Political Commission, and his retention is one of a number of appointments where Nyusi has carefully balanced interest groups within Frelimo. Nyusi was seen as a protege of Guebuza and there have been fears that Guebuza would continue to pull the strings. But the new Prime Minister is Carlos Agostinho do Rosario. He was Minister of Agriculture under President Joaquim Chissano in the late 1990s, and also governor of Zambezia, but was effectively exiled by Guebuza as Mozambican ambassador to India. Couto is also sometimes seen as being closer to Chissano than Guebuza.
Two Guebuza allies are appointed ministers. Carlos Mesquita, formerly head of Cornelder de Mocambique, the company that runs the port of Beira and is part owned by Guebuza, becomes Minister of Transport and Communications. Businessman Celso Correia, founder of the Insitec group and linked to Guebuza, becomes Minister of Land, Environment and Rural Development.
Nyeleti Mondlane, the daughter of the founder and first President of Frelimo, Eduardo Mondlane. becomes Deputy Foreign Minster. Maria Pelembe, general secretary of the Frelimo-linked Mozambican Women’s Organisation (OMM), becomes Deputy Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. Adelaide Amurane, who becomes Chief of Staff of the President’s Office (with ministerial rank), has business links in the north of Mozambique, another important Frelimo interest group.
The new government has a stress on technical expertise and experience. Luis Jorge Ferrao, who won praise as Rector (Vice-Chancellor) of Lurio University for building a successful state university in the north in just eight years, is named Minister of Education and Human Development. Prominent linguist Armindo Ngunga is his deputy. The new Minister of a merged Ministry of Culture and Tourism is Beira painter Silva Dunduru.
Two ministries criticised for corruption and poor performance, Environment and Tourism, have both been merged into other ministries and their ministers not re-appointed.
Technicians are appointed in several places. Jorge Penicela Nhambiu, an associate professor of engineering and chair of the National Science and Technology Park becomes Minister of an enlarged Ministry of Science, Technology, Higher, Technical and Professional Education. The new Minister of Trade and Industry is Ernesto Tonela, who was financial director of Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa; his deputy is Omar Mitha, who was chief economist at the country’s largest commercial bank, the Millennium-BIM. Carlos Bonete Martinho, an engineer who was in charge of the rehabilitation of the dam providing water to Nacala, becomes Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources.
The Ministry of the Public Service is merged with the Ministry of State Administration, and the previous Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua retains the post. The respected former Minster for the Public Service, Vitoria Diogo, becomes Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
Deputy Minister of Health Dr Nazira Abdula is promoted to Minister of Health.
The new government has 5 women ministers and 8 women deputy ministers.
AIM reports and full list of the new government
AIM NEWS CAST, SATURDAY 17/1/2015 50115E NYUSI APPOINTS HIS GOVERNMENT Maputo, 17 Jan (AIM) - Two days after his inauguration, Mozambique’s new President, Filipe Nyusi, has appointed Carlos Agostinho do Rosario as his Prime Minister. Rosario has been Mozambican ambassador to India for many years, and was also accredited to Indonesia, Thailand and several other Asian countries. He was Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries under President Joaquim Chissano in the late 1990s, and has also held the post of governor of the central province of Zambezia. Consistent with his promise to slim down the government in order to cut costs, Nyusi has merged several ministries, and reduced the number of ministers and deputy ministers. Thus the Ministries of Finance and of Planning and Development are merged into the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, under Adriano Maleiane, a former governor of the Bank of Mozambique as Minister. His deputy is Amelia Nakhare, who was the Deputy Minister of Planning and Development in the outgoing government. The Ministries of Mineral Resources and Energy are merged, and the new ministry is headed by the former deputy finance minister, Pedro Couto, a man with a reputation for integrity and independent thinking. The Ministry of the Public Service is merged with the Ministry of State Administration, and the previous Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua retains the post. The former Minster for the Public Service, Vitoria Diogo, becomes Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security. A further merger is between the Ministries of Culture and Tourism. The new Minister is the Beira painter, Silva Dunduru. Agostinho Mondlane moves from the Defence Ministry to the Fisheries Ministry, which is renamed the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries. The new Minister of Defence is Atanasio Ntumuke, who was a commander in Frelimo’s guerrilla army during the war for Mozambican independence. In the 1980s, during the war of destabilisation waged by apartheid South Africa against Mozambique, he was commander of the First Motorized Infantry Brigade, and Military Commander of Maputo Province. Nyusi appointed Patrico Jose, formerly Vice-chancellor of the Higher Institute of International Relations (ISRI) as Deputy Defence Minister. Oldemiro Baloi remains Foreign Minister, but Nyusi appointed a new deputy foreign minister, Nyeleti Mondlane, the daughter of the founder and first President of Frelimo, Eduardo Mondlane. Jose Pacheco remains Minister of Agriculture, though the name of the Ministry is expanded to Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The new Minister of Trade and Industry is Ernesto Tonela, who was financial director of Hidroelectrica de Cahora Bassa, the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi. His deputy is Omar Mitha, who was chief economist at the country’s largest commercial bank, the Millennium-BIM. The deputy commander of the police force, Jaime Monteiro, is promoted to Minster of the Interior, while the former deputy minister of health, Nazira Abdula, becomes full minister. Alberto Nkutumula, formerly deputy minister of justice, becomes the Minister of Youth and Sport. His deputy, Ana Flavia de Azinheira, is a former star of the Mozambican women’s basketball team. Carlos Mesquita, formerly head of Cornelder de Mocambique, the company that runs the port of Beira, becomes Minister of Transport and Communications. Manuela Ribeiro remains Deputy Minister. Luis Ferrao, formerly the Vice-Chancellor of the publicly-owned Lurio University, is the new Minister of Education and Human Development, with prominent linguist Armindo Ngunga as his deputy. Higher education is taken out of this portfolio and merged with science and technology to form the Ministry of Science, Technology, Higher, Technical and Professional Education, under Jorge Penicela Nhambiu, an associate professor of engineering and Chairperson of the National Science and Technology Park. The Ministry for the Coordination of Environmental Affairs disappears, to be replaced by the Ministry of Land, the Environment and Rural Development. Appointed as minister is prominent businessman Celso Correia, founder of the Insitec group. The Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Welfare is renamed the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare. The former governor of Nampula province, Cidalia Chauque, becomes its Minister. The former deputy minister for the public service, Abdurremane Lino de Almeida, becomes Minister of Justice, and Constitutional and Religious Affairs. His deputy is Joaquim Verissimo, formerly governor of Zambezia province. Nyusi appointed Carlos Bonete Martinho, an engineer who was in charge of the rehabilitation of the dam providing water to the port city of Nacala, as Minister of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources. Eusebio Lambo Gumbiwa, a former mayor of the town of Catandica, and later administrator of the central district of Vanduzi, becomes Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. His deputy, Maria Pelembe, is the general secretary of the Mozambican Women’s Organisation (OMM), which is affiliated to Frelimo. Guebuza had three ministers in the president’s office. Nyusi has scrapped two of these posts. He has appointed Adelaide Amurane, who used to be minister in the Presidency for Parliamentary and Municipal Matters, to Chief of Staff of the President’s Office (with ministerial rank). (AIM) Pf/ (816)
51115E COMPOSITION OF NEW MOZAMBICAN GOVERNMENT Maputo, 17 Jan (AIM) - Following the appointments announced on Saturday by President Filipe Nyusi, the composition of the Mozambican government is as follows: President of the Republic: Filipe Jacinto Nyusi Prime Minister: Carlos Agostinho do Rosario MinistersEconomy and Finance. Adriano Afonso Maleiane Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Oldemiro Julio Baloi Interior. Jaime Basilio Monteiro Defence. Atanasio Salvador Ntumuke Agriculture and Food Security. Jose Condugua Pacheco State Administration and the Public Service. Carmelita Rita Namashalua Labour, Employment and Social Security. Vitoria Dias Diogo The Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries. Agostinho Salvador Mondlane Mineral Resources and Energy. Pedro Conceicao Couto Justice and Constitutional and Religious Affairs Abdurremane Lino de Almeida Health. Nazira Karimo Vali Abdula Youth and Sport. Alberto Hawa Januario Nkutumula Gender, Children and Social Welfare. Cidalia Chauque Oliveira Education and Human Development. Luis Antonio Ferrao Industry and Trade. Ernesto Max Elias Tonela Transport and Communications. Carlos Alberto Fortes Mesquita Land, Environment and Rural Development. Celso Ismael Correia Culture and Tourism. Silva Armando Dunduru Veterans’ Affairs. Eusebio Lambo Gumbiwa Science, Technology, and Higher, Technical and Professional Education. Jorge Penicela Nhambiu Public Works, Housing and Water Resources Carlos Bonete Martinho Chief of Staff in the President’s Office. Adelaide Anchia Amurane Deputy MinisterEconomy and Finance. Amelia Tomas Taime Nakhare Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Nyeleti Brooke Mondlane Interior. Jose dos Santos Coimbra Defence. Patricio Jose Science, Technology, and Higher, Technical and Professional Education. Leda Florinda Hugo Transport and Communications. Manuela Joaquim Rebelo Culture and Tourism. Ana Comoana Justice and Constitutional and Religious Affairs Joaquim Verissimo Education and Human Development. Armindo Saul Ateleia Ngunga Veterans’ Affairs. Maria de Fatima Mwanza Pelembe Land, Environment and Rural Development. Ana Ismael Senda Coani Industry and Trade. Omar Mitha Health. Mouzinho Saide Gender, Children and Social Welfare. Lucas Mangrasse State Administration and the Public Service. Roque Silva Samuel Public Works, Housing and Water Resources Joao Osvaldo Moises Machatine Labour, Employment and Social Security. Oswaldo Armindo Fakir Petersburgo Youth and Sport. Ana Flavia Joao de Azinheira
La Fiscalía Anticorrupción ha archivado la causa abierta para investigar si los gigantes de la energía en España podrían haberse aliado con influyentes políticos intercambiando tratos de favor, pero ahora podemos forzar la reapertura del caso si contraatacamos con una nueva avalancha de presión ciudadana.
La denuncia inicial impulsada por la Plataforma por un Nuevo Modelo Energético y Avaaz en 2014 dio en el clavo y la Fiscalía comenzó a llamar a ex-altos cargos, centrándose en determinar si el PSOE había "perdonado" hasta 3.400 millones de euros cobrados de más en nuestros recibos de la luz. Hace pocos días, la Audiencia determinó que no había indicio de delito pero, ahora, unos informes filtrados por El País demostrarían que el gobierno del PSOE sí sabía cómo conseguir la devolución de esos fondos y, sin embargo, permitió que expirara el plazo.
Nuestra campaña ya ha conseguido lo más difícil: que la Fiscalía comience a investigar. Demos un paso más. La Plataforma por un Nuevo Modelo Energético está a punto de solicitar que la Fiscalía Anticorrupción reabra la investigación, pero para conseguirlo es fundamental que sientan un apoyo ciudadano masivo. Firma la petición y muévela:
Nuestra petición ya ha provocado la citación de tres Abogados del Estado y un Ex-Director General de Energía para aclarar si, entre 2007 y 2010, el gobierno del PSOE perdonó a las eléctricas 3.400 millones de euros de dinero de los consumidores.
Sorprendentemente, el actual gobierno del PP no ha utilizado el caso para arremeter contra el anterior. Posiblemente, porque el derecho a exigir la devolución podría, según reiterada jurisprudencia de la Audiencia Nacional, no haber prescrito hasta julio de 2014.
De confirmarse que los gobiernos del PSOE y del PP no han utilizado todos los mecanismos a su disposición para reclamar los 3.400 millones de euros, se trataría de una de las mayores estafas de dinero público de la historia de nuestro país. Firma la petición y compártela con todos tus conocidos: ¡lleguemos hasta el fondo de este asunto!