IMF leaves Mozambique with unanswered questions on debt scandal

IMF leaves Mozambique with unanswered questions on debt scandal

Amid Mozambique’s ongoing debt scandal, a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed its visit to discuss the results of last month’s troubling audit report and the country’s overall economic outlook. The team, led by Michel Lazare, noted some improvements in the Mozambique economy since last year. “However,…

Benin, Mozambique airlines cleared for takeoff to EU nations

The European Commission has updated its EU Air Safety List, which now includes 181 airlines in countries outside the EU that are either banned or restricted from flying to member nations because of safety or regulation issues. All air carriers certified in Benin and Mozambique were removed from the EU Air…

Botswana: 5.0-magnitude aftershock rattles region hit by quake

An aftershock earthquake that measured 5.0 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Botswana shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The United States Geological Survey (USGS) also measured the quake at a 5.0 magnitude, with an epicenter in the same location as Monday night’s…

Botswana 6.5-magnitude quake shakes at least 8 African countries

The strong earthquake that hit Botswana on Monday night registered at a 6.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake struck shortly before 8 p.m. near Moiyabana in the rural east-central Ghanzi region of the country. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)…

South Africa says no to building a Mozambique border wall

Now it’s the South Africans living near the Mozambique border who want the government to build a wall. Sandile Sibiya, a spokesman for the African National Congress Youth League in the northeast region, told News 24 this week that residents want a huge wall to prevent the cross-border crime they…

Mozambique begins mourning after petrol explosion deaths

Saturday marks the beginning of a three-day period of mourning period in Mozambique, following a petrol tanker explosion that killed at least 73 people in the town of Caphiridzange. The tanker truck had loaded at the port city of Beira and was destined for Malawi, traveling through the western Mozambique…

Mozambique: Fierce storms hit Maputo during Kagame visit

Unusually severe storms that swept across southern Africa hit Mozambique hard on Monday evening, with local media outlet and NGO employees reporting injuries and fatalities in the city of Maputo. The storms arrived as Rwandan President Paul Kagame was in Mozambique for two-day meetings with President Filipe Nyusi, including a…

Vietnam seizes ivory tusks found in Mozambique timber shipment

Vietnamese officials say they’ve seized about a half-ton of ivory tusks at a Ho Chi Mihn City port, after finding the ivory hidden within a timber shipment from Mozambique. The AFP reports the ivory was discovered as Vietnam Customs Administration officials completed a more extensive search of two shipment crates at…

Zambia, SADC launch food aid in drought-stricken south

The Zambian government began Wednesday to send food relief to neighboring Malawi and Zimbabwe, in an effort to address food shortages in the drought-stricken nations of southern Africa. Shipment of the 48,000 metric tons of maize is part of a USD$2.4 billion humanitarian response coordinated through the Southern African Development…

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.