HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

HRW: Mozambique’s amnesty law will fuel more rights violations

Mozambique’s new amnesty law is meeting with resistance from activists outraged by the idea that neither their government nor its longtime Renamo opposition will be held accountable for abuses. The new law protects from prosecution those accused of serious human rights violations since 2014. They include allegations of enforced disappearances,…

UN’s Guterres begins two-day visit to storm-hit Mozambique

UN’s Guterres begins two-day visit to storm-hit Mozambique

In Mozambique, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres begins a two-day visit Thursday to assess the damage from storms Idai and Kenneth, which devastated the country earlier this year. Guterres will meet with President Filipe Nyusi to begin his travel, and receive updated briefings from UN agencies in the field…

In Mozambique, U.S. announces new African business council members

In Mozambique, U.S. announces new African business council members

Officials in the United States have announced the 26 new members of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA), which will serve the council’s third term through 2021. The appointments were announced by U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley, left, during a U.S.-Africa Business…

WMO: Mozambique must prepare for climate change impacts

As Mozambique hosts a donor conference to support cyclone relief efforts – it begins Friday in Beira – the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) warns that the destruction caused by storms Idai and Kenneth is a wake-up call to deal with impacts linked to climate change. Tropical cyclones, coastal flooding and…

China counters ‘debt trap’ claims over African loans

China again denied claims that its loan policies put African nations and others in the developing world into “debt traps,” countering reports that United States legislators are looking to pass legislation that would limit China’s ability to do so. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said Wednesday that Beijing’s…

Rains from stalled Kenneth hamper Mozambique relief efforts

The rain keeps falling in Mozambique, where the government confirmed 38 fatalities and 39 injuries linked to Cyclone Kenneth and the flooding in its aftermath. The rain continues to inundate Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula. Last week’s storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone…

Flooding follows initial Kenneth impacts in Mozambique

Mozambique continues to deal with the effects of tropical storm Kenneth, which is dumping heavy rain across Cabo Delgado province and parts of Nampula and Zambevia. The storm came into Cabo Delgado at landfall as a strong cyclone with winds of 220 kilometers per hour, but has since stalled over…

Kenneth aims at Mozambique; storm fatalities in Comoros

As if the southern African nation of Mozambique wasn’t already facing enough of a challenge in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, now Cyclone Kenneth is bearing down on the impoverished southeast African nation. The storm’s position on Thursday was some 167 kilometers northwest of Comoros, and it rapidly intensified into…

Mozambique mourns as heat, heavy rains complicate Idai response

The nation of Mozambique begins three days of mourning Wednesday following the catastrophic strike of Cyclone Idai, even as the waters continue to rise and a new threat emerges: extreme heat. And more rain. The Instituto Nacional de Meteorología issued an alert warning that temperatures of 38C to 41C (100 to 106…