Travel Docs: http://www.traveldocs.com/mz/index.htm Mozambique has 1600 miles of coastline.
(SFC, 10/13/97, p.A15) ~900AD The east coast of Africa
was impacted by trade and Arab, Persian and Indian traders mixed
with the indigenous Bantu. Many of the coastal Bantu adopted Islam
and the Arabic word Swahili, meaning “people of the shore," to
describe themselves. By this time they had reached as far south as
Sofala in Mozambique.
(ATC, p.142) (Enc. of Africa, 1976, p.169)
1498 Mar 2, Vasco da Gama's
fleet visited Mozambique Island.
1506 Mozambique, Africa, was
colonized by the Portuguese.
1794 Dec 27, The Portuguese
slave ship Sao Jose--Paquete de Africa sank off the coast of South
Africa’s Cape Town. Some 400-500 African slaves from Mozambique were
on board the vessel bound for Brazil. About half of them perished.
Wreckage of the ship was found in 2015.
1917 Nov, The East African
Campaign, a series of battles and guerrilla actions, which started
in German East Africa (later Tanzania) and spread to portions of
Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, Uganda and the
Belgian Congo, all but ended when the Germans entered Portuguese
East Africa (later Mozambique) and continued the campaign living off
(http://tinyurl.com/lcfyagk)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.40)
1951 Jun 11, Mozambique became
an oversea province of Portugal.
1962-1975 A 13 year effort finally succeeded in
eliminating the Portuguese colonists.
(WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-11)
1964-1974 Mozambique suffered horribly in its war
(Economist, 4/4/20, p.35)
1974 The Portuguese secret
police (PIDE) ruled with an iron hand from its headquarters in the
Villa Algarve in Maputo.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A10)
1975 Jun 25, Mozambique became
an independent state (twice the size of California), ending nearly
five centuries of Portuguese rule and a long civil war began that
lasted to 1992. The first government embraced Marxism soon after
taking power. 600,000 Portuguese farmers abandoned their farms and
the agricultural industry was devastated. Frelimo (the Mozambican
Liberation Front) took power in opposition to Renamo (the Mozambique
National Resistance), which was supported by white-led governments
in Rhodesia and South Africa. The UN Children’s Education Fund
estimated that at least 850 children were kidnapped by guerillas of
Renamo. Some were forced to fight but most were put to work as cooks
(WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A8)(AP
internet 6/25/97)(SFC, 10/13/97, p.A12)
1976 Mar 3, Mozambique closed
its border with Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
1977-1989 Frelimo ruled Mozambique with a firm
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A10)
1977-1992 Civil war raged in Mozambique over this
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.38)
1980 Apr 1, The southern
African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC) was established
by 9 countries with the Lusaka declaration (Angola, Botswana,
Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe).
The main aim was coordinating development projects in order to
lessen economic dependence on apartheid South Africa. On August 17,
1992, it was transformed into the Southern African Development
Community (SADC). By 2008 it included 15 members.
1980-1992 The Renamo guerrilla movement, led by
Afonso Dhlakama, waged rebellion against the Freelimo government. It
was a peasant terrorist army created in the late 70s by Rhodesia’s
white minority regime and later financed by South Africa’s white
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A10,12)
1982 Aug 17, Ruth First, an
exiled anti-apartheid activist, was killed in Mozambique from a
letter bomb sent by agents of the Nationalist South African
government. In 1997 her daughter, Gillian Slovo, published "Every
Secret Thing: My Family, My Country."
(SFEC, 5/11/97, BR p.5)(SSFC, 2/10/02,
1984 Mar 16, Mozambique and
South Africa signed a pact banning support for one another’s
1984 In Mozambique the 415-mile
Sena Railway line was damaged and mined by RENAMO insurgents. After
it was sabotaged, not one train used it for more than 20 years.
1986 Oct 19, Mozambique Pres.
Samora Machel was killed in a plane crash as he returned from a
conference in Zambia. He had aided Nelson Mandela’s ANC party in
fighting apartheid. 34 others also died in the crash.
1986 Nov 6, FRELIMO designated
Joaquim Chissano as president of Mozambique.
1986 Mozambique agreed to
liberalize its economy in order to attract foreign companies.
(WSJ, 2/14/00, p.B13C)
1986-1994 Mario Machungo served as the prime
minister. He later became the chairman of the Int'l. Bank of
(WSJ, 2/14/00, p.B13C)
1989 Frelimo dropped its
socialist ideas in favor of a free-market economy.
(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A12)
1992 Oct 4, In Mozambique a
peace accord ended 17 years of civil war during which some 600,000
people were killed.
1994 In the first multi-party
elections, overseen by 7,000 UN troops, voters chose Joaquim Alberto
Chissano, head of Frelima, the formerly Marxist ruling party, as
president over Afonso Dhlakama of Renamo. Frelimo was based in the
southern port city of Maputo, while Renamo was based in the northern
city of Beira.
(WSJ, 3/21/96, p.A-11)(SFC, 10/14/97, p.A10)
1995 The Christian Council of
Mozambique launched a project to bring peace and reconciliation to
the country and to disarm thousands of former combatants. The
program paid artists to turn retrieved weapons into sculptures.
(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A7)
1995 Commonwealth members
admitted Mozambique and Cameroon.
(Econ, 11/24/07, p.64)
1996 Aug 24, Crops in the
fertile districts of Manica were severely damaged by an invasion of
(SFC, 8/24/96, p.A8)
1998 South African senior
foreign ministry official Robert McBride was arrested on suspicion
of gun running in neighboring Mozambique and held for six months
before being released.
1999 Mar 10, In Mozambique
officials reported 12 deaths due to flooding and some 200,000 people
stranded following 3 months of rain.
(SFC, 3/11/99, p.A11)
1999 Jul 3, It was reported
that the government had lifted a ban on hunting elephants as a sport
due to growing numbers.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A5)
1999 Dec 22, Pres. Joaquim
Chissano was declared the winner of elections that were held earlier
in the month. He won 52% as opposed to 48% for Afonso Dhlakama of
the Mozambique Resistance Movement, known as Renamo. In parliament
Frelimo won 133 seats vs. 117 for Renamo.
(SFC, 12/23/99, p.C7)
1999 Creditors began canceling
over $4 billion worth of debt. Debt service of over $100 million per
year had flowed to creditors in wealthy countries.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 22, Cyclone Eline hit
Mozambique and 3 people were electrocuted in Beira from fallen power
cables. Earlier torrential rains killed 67 people and displaced some
(SFC, 2/22/00, p.A10)(SFC, 2/23/00, p.A11)
2000 Feb 26, Heavy rains
continued to ravage South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
33 people were reported dead in the northern province of South
Africa and 29 dead in Zimbabwe.
(SFEC, 2/27/00, p.A22)
2000 Feb 28, In Mozambique
officials feared that thousands may have died in the last 3 weeks of
(WSJ, 2/29/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 5, In Mozambique some
600 US troops arrived to help deliver food and medical supplies
where flooding left an estimated 1 million people homeless.
(SFC, 3/6/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 8, In Mozambique
recent flooding began to wash old civil war land mines to the
surface. An estimated 400,000 to 5 million mines were still present.
(SFC, 3/9/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 12, In Mozambique the
death toll from flooding reached 492 and urgent shipments of seeds
were being organized.
(SFC, 3/13/00, p.A11)
2000 Mar 25, It was reported
that the Messalo river burst its banks after a week of rain. The
Limpopo was expected to flood again and the city of Chokwe was again
(SFC, 3/24/00, p.A8)
2000 Nov 9, Mozambique police
killed 10 opposition demonstrators in Maputo. In Montepuez Renamo
opposition supporters stormed a prison and freed 93 inmates. 7
police officers and 18 civilians died in election protests.
(SFC, 11/10/00, p.D2)(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D4)
2000 Nov 20, In Mozambique
Carlos Cardoso, founder and editor of the Metical newspaper, was
murdered while driving in Maputo. He had been investigating a 1996
theft of $14 million from the Commercial Bank of Mozambique. In 2003
six men were convicted of the murder. Businessman Vicente Ramaya was
later convicted of ordering the murder and sentenced to 23 years in
prison. In 2013 a judge signed papers granting Ramaya's release
because of good behavior.
(AP, 1/31/03)(AP, 1/22/13)
2000 Nov 23, Some 75-83 inmates
at the prison in Montepuez, arrested for the Nov 9 protests, were
reported dead from either poisoning or suffocation.
(SFC, 11/24/00, p.D4)
2001 Jan, Flooding left at
least 4 people dead and thousands homeless.
(WSJ, 1/29/00, p.A1)
2001 Feb 28, Flooding continued
in central Mozambique as the death toll rose to 52. 81,000 were made
homeless since the beginning of the year.
(SFC, 3/1/01, p.A10)(SFC, 3/2/01, p.A16)
2001 Mar 15, It was reported
that 70% of the nation’s 17 million people lived on less than 40
cents per day.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.A1)
2002 May 25, In Tenga,
Mozambique, a passenger and freight train collided and 195 people
(SSFC, 5/26/2, p.A14)(SFC, 5/27/02, p.A7)(AP,
2002 Jul 1, In Mozambique
health officials reported that at least 62 people have died of
cholera in the northern province of Cabo Delgado since the latest
outbreak of the disease in February.
2002 Nov 19, In Mozambique
Manuel dos Santos Fernandes told Judge Augusto Paulino that he and
two of his fellow accused had killed top investigative journalist
Carlos Cardoso in return for a promise of $20,000 from President
Joaquim Chissano's son Nhimpine.
2003 Jan 17, Massive flooding
caused by Cyclone Delfina ravaged parts of Malawi and Mozambique,
washing away homes and crops, submerging roads and bridges, and
cutting off electricity in the impoverished nations.
2003 Jan 19, In western
Mozambique it was reported that 9 people had died of hunger in a
village and some 175,000 people in the area are at risk of
2003 Feb 5, Heavy rains in
northern Mozambique caused flooding that left about 100,000 families
homeless, swept away thousands of acres of crops and severely
damaged roads and bridges.
2004 Jul 15, The Gates
Foundation announced a $44.7 million award at the AIDS Conference in
Bangkok to a consortium of TB and AIDS researchers. The 2 diseases
were often linked. A UN report cited 7 countries as the hardest hit
by the AIDS pandemic: Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi,
the Central African Republic and Mozambique.
(WSJ, 7/15/04, p.B1)(SFC, 7/16/04, p.A6)
2004 Dec 1, Mozambique held
elections. Armando Guebuza, Pres. Chissano’s hand-picked successor,
(SFC, 12/4/04, p.A3)(Econ, 2/5/05, p.48)
2005 Jan 15, Visiting
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown revealed that Britain has
decided to cancel Mozambique's total debt to it of 150 million
dollars (114 million euros) to help the southern African country
combat poverty. He said: "We've also agreed to pay 10 percent of
Mozambique's multilateral debt."
2005 Feb 2, Armando Guebuza was
sworn in as president of Mozambique.
2005 Aug 23, UN officials
called on African ministers meeting in Mozambique to declare TB and
emergency in the area.
(WSJ, 8/24/05, p.A1)
2005 Aug 25, In Mozambique
regional health ministers unanimously agreed to declare tuberculosis
an African emergency.
2005 Nov 15, Data was published
indicating that Mosquitrix, an experimental vaccine against malaria
given to children in Mozambique in 2003, had cut clinical cases by
35%. The vaccine was developed GlaxoSmithKline of Belgium.
(Econ, 11/19/05, p.85)
2005 Nov 24, The UN food agency
said the United States has thrown a lifeline to six southern African
countries, donating food aid valued at $45 million. The food will be
distributed across Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia
2005 Dec, In Mozambique Jose
Pacheco under President Armando Guebuza, told reporters that an
audit of the ministry had revealed an 8.8 million US dollar deficit
that could not be accounted for. Pacheco had just succeeded Almerino
Manhenje as the interior minister.
2006 Feb 23, A powerful
earthquake sent thousands of panicking people fleeing from swaying
buildings in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and killed at least two
2006 Apr 10, In Maputo,
Mozambique, African leaders launched a campaign to get every child
in school by 2015, and Britain responded by pledging $15 billion in
education aid to developing countries over the next decade.
2006 Aug 16, The presidents of
South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe gathered for the official
opening the new Giriyondo border post linking South Africa and
Mozambique. This was another step in the creation of the 14,000
square mile Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which would span the
(SFC, 8/17/06, p.A2)
2006 Oct 17, The US State
Department said that the last landmines and unexploded ordnance
blocking Mozambique's vital Sena Railway line have been removed,
thanks largely to some $13 million (€10 million) in US aid. The mine
action assistance was launched in 2002. Under the US Humanitarian
Mine Action Program approximately 46 million dollars have been given
in aid to Mozambique since 1993.
2006 Nov 9, In Mozambique a
regional governor said more than 4,500 foreigners, mostly from
Tanzania, have been expelled for clandestinely mining gold close to
its northern border with Tanzania.
2006 Nov 10, A report launched
by the UN Human Development Program (UNDP) highlighted how more than
2.6 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation and how
dirty water claims more lives than AIDS or conflicts. According to
the UN 78% of Mozambique's 17 million people earn less than two
dollars a day and more than 20,000 children die every year from
2006 Dec 20, The parliament in
Mozambique approved a new law to pave the way for elections at local
and national level despite a boycott of the vote by the main
2007 Jan 19, Mozambique
officials said 4 people have died, hundreds of homes destroyed and
more than 6,000 affected by torrential rains over the last two days.
2007 Jan 23, Mozambique’s
National Institute for Disaster Management said torrential rains in
central Mozambique had claimed five lives and rendered more than
3,500 homeless since the weekend.
2007 Feb 7, The Mozambique
government said floods have killed 29 people and wrecked thousands
of homes after torrential rain and hurricanes swept through the
country in the past two weeks.
2007 Feb 8, China’s President
Hu Jintao arrived in Mozambique on the penultimate stop in his
8-nation African tour.
2007 Feb 9, An official said
flooding in central Mozambique threatened some 285,000 people.
2007 Feb 12, Mozambique
officials said soldiers and relief workers using helicopters and
canoes have evacuated some 60,000 people from the flooded Zambezi
River Valley in central Mozambique, where more than 100,000 others
are at risk.
2007 Feb 22, In Mozambique
roofs were blown off, trees uprooted and power lines cut by the
force of a tropical cyclone which slammed into coastal regions. The
storm killed four people and injured at least 70 in the resort town
of Vilanculos, where thousands of homes were destroyed along with
the hospital and power grid.
(AFP, 2/22/07)(Reuters, 2/23/07)
2007 Feb 25, Heavy rains from a
cyclone sparked more flooding in Mozambique, worsening a
humanitarian crisis that has already killed 45 people and forced
140,000 from their homes.
2007 Mar 3, Officials said
Mozambican marines rescued more than 1,700 people, including 900
children, from flooding in central Mozambique.
2007 Mar 22, In Mozambique an
explosion at a weapons depot in a densely populated neighborhood of
Maputo killed at least 96 people and left more than 400 injured,
many of them children.
2007 Jun 26, A Mozambican army
vehicle carrying recruits overturned, killing 12 people and injuring
2007 Jun 27, In Maputo US first
lady Laura Bush announced $507 million in assistance would be
approved for Mozambique to build roads and boost its battle with
malaria, which kills about 150 Mozambicans each day.
2007 Jul 4, Mozambique's
President Armando Guebuza sought to expand trade ties with Tanzania
to boost development in the two impoverished African nations.
2007 Jul 13, The main US
development fund signed a $506.9 million aid agreement with
Mozambique to promote economic growth and reduce poverty.
2007 Jul 31, In Mozambique 5
soldiers were killed when an army truck carrying munitions that were
about to be destroyed exploded near the country's main airport.
2007 Aug 5, Mozambique state
radio said authorities had seized thousands of boxes of counterfeit
toothpaste that they fear may contain a potentially deadly chemical.
2007 Aug 9, A disaster
management agency said more than 520,000 people need urgent food aid
in Mozambique while 600,000 face famine between now and April next
2007 Aug 15, Maputo's interior
ministry said South Africa has intensified the repatriation of
Mozambican illegal immigrants, going from 400 to a weekly average of
more than 600.
2007 Aug 24, Mozambique’s
health minister said large amounts of drugs, which have been
imported into Mozambique with the aid of the international
community, end up being sold on the black market at home and abroad.
2007 Sep 13, In Mozambique a
non-governmental organization working with the disabled said at
least 440 sites are still heavily infested by landmines near
residential districts in 3 provinces.
2007 Sep 17, The Mozambican
government authorized soldiers to gun down wild animals who are seen
as a threat to human beings after a new report highlighted an
increase in the number of deadly attacks.
2007 Oct 22,
Mozambique's former President Joaquim Chissano, who brought
peace and democracy to his country, won the first Mo Ibrahim Prize
for achievement in African leadership.
2007 Oct 26, The Mozambican
government set itself a new five-year target to remove all the
landmines that still litter the country, 15 years after its
long-running civil war.
2007 Nov 27, Mozambique
formally took over from Portugal the control of Cahora Bassa
hydroelectric dam, Africa's second most important after that of
Aswan in Egypt.
2007 Nov 30, India's Tata Steel
signed a joint venture with Australia's Riversdale Mining to develop
a hard coking and thermal coal project in Mozambique.
2008 Jan 7, The National
Institute of Disaster Management (INGC) said 6 people have died and
more than 20,000 others have been displaced by Mozambique's rising
waters, the worst since the deadly flooding of 2000 to 2001.
2008 Jan 13, A UN humanitarian
agency said floods in Mozambique have killed about 50 people and
displaced tens of thousands.
2008 Jan 27, Mozambique said it
would forcibly evacuate 10,000 people who have defied government
calls to leave areas at risk of flooding along the Zambezi valley in
the country's central regions.
2008 Jan 30, Mozambique’s
interior ministry said police intercepted a lorry carrying 39
youngsters as they were about to be smuggled across the border into
Zimbabwe by suspected child traffickers. Rights groups warned late
last year that trafficking of Mozambican children across to
neighboring countries, mostly South Africa, has risen tenfold in the
last two years.
2008 Feb 5, In Mozambique one
person was killed and 63 were wounded in Maputo when police opened
fire in a bid to break up violent protests against increases in bus
fares. The local council of Tete said an outbreak of diarrhea in the
flood-hit city has claimed the lives of 64 people since early
(AP, 2/5/08)(AFP, 2/5/08)
2008 Feb 6, The Mozambican
government announced that it was scrapping a planned increase in bus
fares as the death toll from riots sparked by the price hikes rose
2008 Mar 10, Tropical cyclone
Jokwe battered parts of Mozambique for a third day. At least 16
people were killed with thousands of homes destroyed in northern
(Reuters, 3/10/08)(AFP, 3/11/08)
2008 Mar 11, State media said
Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has sacked three senior
members of his government, including his foreign minister.
2008 Mar 17, The Mozambican
government made an urgent appeal to the UN World Food Program to
help more than 60,000 people left destitute when cyclone Jokwe hit
northern and central parts of the country.
2008 Mar 20, Mozambican
President Armando Guebuza dismissed the head of the armed forces and
his deputy, barely a week after firing three senior ministers.
2008 Apr 13, The winners of
this year’s Goldman Awards were reported to be: Feliciano dos Santos
(43) of Mozambique, the director of Estamos, an environmental group
promoting sanitation, sustainable development and reforestation;
Marina Rikhvanova (46), founder of Baikal Environmental Wave, which
forced the rerouting of an oil pipeline in the Baikal basin; Pablo
Fajardo (35) and Luis Yanza (48) of Ecuador, co-founders of the
Amazon Defense Front, which accused Texaco (now Chevron) of dumping
oil and wastewater into local streams; Rosa Hilda Ramos (63) of
Puerto Rico, head of a movement to protect the Las Cicharillas
Marsh; Ignace Schops (43) of Belgium, head of a movement to
establish Belgium’s 1st and only national park; Jesus Leon (42) of
Mexico, co-founder of the Center for Integral Small Farmer
Development of the Mixtec (CEDICAM).
(SSFC, 4/13/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 18,
South Africa's main transport union thwarted the delivery of a
controversial shipment of Chinese arms destined for Zimbabwe, saying
its workers would not offload the cargo. The Chinese ship left the
South African harbor and headed for neighboring Mozambique. Angola
and Mozambique said the ship is not welcome. China defended the
cargo against international criticism.
(AFP, 4/18/08)(AP, 4/19/08)(AFP, 4/22/08)(SFC,
2008 Apr 29, Human rights
watchdog Amnesty International accused Mozambique police of killing
and torturing people with impunity as the country struggles to deal
with growing crime.
2008 May 14, The annual meeting
of the African Development Bank (AfDB) opened in Mozambique with the
organization’s head warning that rising growth rates are having
little impact on poverty levels.
2008 May 22, The South African
army mobilized in support of embattled police trying to quell a wave
of violence against immigrants that has claimed 42 lives and
displaced 16,000. More than 10,000 Mozambicans have fled home from
South Africa to escape the xenophobic attacks.
2008 Sep 2, In Mozambique 2
days of fires killed at least 32 people and injured hundreds more in
blazes which devoured large swathes of arable land. The fires also
displaced thousands and ravaged around 16,000 hectares (40,000
acres) in the three central provinces of Manica, Sofala and
2008 Sep 10, Officials said at
least 89 people have died in wildfires sweeping through Mozambique,
South Africa and Swaziland.
2008 Sep 22, Mozambique's
former interior minister Almerino Manhenje was arrested in
connection with the disappearance of millions of dollars during his
time in office. He served as home affairs minister in the Joaquim
Chissano administration between 1996 and 2005.
2008 Oct 16, Brazil's President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrived in Mozambique to launch a project
to make anti-AIDS drugs in the southern African country.
2008 Nov 5, In Mozambique a
medical officer said at least 50 people have died of cholera and
more than 100 have been taken to hospital since the disease broke
out last week in northern Manica province.
2008 China became Mozambique's
second-largest investor after neighboring South Africa, pouring 76.8
million dollars (58.6 million euros) into the country.
2009 Jan 12, Mozambique
authorities said torrential rains have killed 19 people in the past
few days and that worse flooding may lie ahead.
2009 Mar 15, In northern
Mozambique a mob angered by false rumors that health workers were
spreading cholera killed a Red Cross volunteer, two health workers
and a policeman.
2009 Mar 18, Mozambique’s
interior ministry said 12 prisoners arrested during a riot over a
cholera epidemic have died in their cell in unclear circumstances.
They were among 29 people arrested when riots broke out last month
when Red Cross volunteers were blamed for causing a cholera epidemic
plaguing the country.
2009 Mar 27, Southern African
countries (Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia) have been
hit by the worst floods in years, killing more than 100 people and
displacing thousands, as a tropical storm threatened to bring more
2009 Apr 6, In Zambia western
nations and lending agencies meeting in Lusaka agreed a financing
package of more than $1 billion to improve infrastructure in
southern and central Africa at an investment conference meant to
expand transport links and trade. Britain said it would separately
provide 100 million pounds ($149.2 million) to transform the
region's infrastructure to increase trade and mitigate the effects
of the global financial crisis. New projects will link businesses in
8 African countries: Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo,
Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
2009 Jun 12, Mozambican state
media reported that a court has sentenced Alexandre Balate to 22
years in jail for killing a suspect. Balate, the former head of the
search and seizure unit, was found guilty of the 2007 murder of
Abranches Penicelo, who was allegedly abducted by a group of police
officers, burnt alive and shot. Amnesty International had drawn
global attention to Penicelo's murder. Last year the group released
a report accusing the national police of "killing and torturing
people with near total impunity."
2009 Aug 1, Mozambique’s Pres.
Armando Guebuza inaugurated an 80-million-euro (113-million-dollar)
bridge over the Zambezi River, a major link for a country long
divided between north and south. Work on the bridge had begun in
2009 Aug 18, In Mozambique an
overcrowded ferry with 50 people went down off the coast in a
northern province. 17 people were feared drowned.
2009 Aug 19, Brazilian
prosecutors said Father Clodoveo Piazza, an Italian priest who ran
an award-winning shelter for homeless children in Brazil, has been
charged with sexually abusing boys for years and allowing visiting
foreigners to exploit the children. Piazza, now working as a
missionary in Mozambique, was charged along with another former
director of the nonprofit group Fraternal Help Organization, a
private group based in Salvador.
2009 Aug 28, In Mozambique
talks aimed at determining who should lead Madagascar in a new
interim government ended in failure with the ousted president and
the man who replaced him in a military coup both claiming the right
to do so. The parties set a deadline of Sept. 4 to arrive at a
2009 Oct 28, Mozambique held
elections. President Armando Guebuza was expected to retain power
and move to attract more foreign investors. On Nov 2 President
Armando Guebuza was declared the "landslide" winner by two election
monitoring groups. Frelimo, the ruling party since independence in
1975, had received 71% of the vote with 89% of polling stations
reporting. On Nov 11 election officials said President Armando
Guebuza won the landslide re-election with 75% of the vote. On Nov
17 the main opposition Renamo party said the ruling party stuffed
ballot boxes and expelled opposition monitors from polling stations
to help it win the presidential election.
(Reuters, 10/28/09)(AFP, 11/2/09)(AFP,
2009 Nov 3, Mozambique's main
opposition party claimed that polls that gave a landslide victory to
the southern African country's ruling party were rigged.
2009 Nov 5, Zimbabwe's rival
leaders met with Mozambican leader Armando Guebuza, the head of a
regional security body, ahead of an emergency summit aimed at
hauling a fragile power-sharing deal out of a three-week impasse.
The summit was set to open with leaders from the Democratic Republic
of Congo, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia.
2009 Nov 15, Amnesty Int’l.
issued the report, "I Can't Believe in Justice Anymore." It said at
least 46 people had been unlawfully killed by police in Mozambique
since 2006. The report offered five detailed case studies, including
that of dancer and choreographer Augusto Cuvilas, who had called
police to his home because he feared he was being robbed, only to
end up being killed by the officers from whom he had sought help.
2009 Nov 16, In Mozambique a
trail opened for former Transport Minister Antonio Munguambe and
four former officials of a company that runs the country's airports.
They were accused of stealing nearly $2 million from the company. It
was the biggest corruption case to go to court in Mozambique since
independence in 1975.
2009 Nov 18, In Mozambique
testimony in the highest-level corruption trial in the country’s
history implicated ruling party Frelimo as a beneficiary of
embezzled funds. Former Mozambican airports company finance director
Antenor Pereira, a defendant in the trial, testified that Frelimo
had received some of the $1.7 million allegedly stolen from the
2010 Jan 11, Riversdale, an
Australian mining firm, said the Mozambican government has given it
the green light to build an 800-million-dollar coal mine in the
country's northwest. Riversdale has predicted that the Benga project
will produce some of the lowest-cost coking coal in the world.
2010 Jan 14, Key southern
African leaders gathered in the Mozambican capital Maputo for a
special summit on the political crises in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Leaders called for a return to dialogue in the ongoing political
crisis in Madagascar. A medical aid group said Zimbabweans crossing
illegally into neighboring South Africa after holidays at home are
being raped and robbed by gangs on both sides of the border.
(AFP, 1/14/10)(AP, 1/14/10)
2010 Feb 16, Mozambique state
media reported that a mob attacked health workers in a town in the
northern town of Macoroja, killing one and injuring three others,
after accusing them of spreading cholera.
2010 Feb 18, In Mozambique 7
people died in a riot in the district of Gurue sparked by false
rumors that health workers were spreading cholera.
2010 Feb 25, Mozambique's
health minister, Leonardo Chavane, said 36 people have died this
year from a cholera outbreak in the northern and central parts of
the southern African country. he said the situation is worrying
because new cases are being reported daily and are complicated by
rumors that health staff are spreading cholera rather than fighting
2010 Feb 26, Mozambique state
media said 2 young men accused of having sex with a goat in central
Mozambique are facing criminal charges, and the goat's owner is
demanding they make traditional wedding arrangements.
2010 Feb 27, Mozambique's
former transport minister was sentenced to 20 years in prison for
stealing state funds, the highest-level corruption conviction ever
in the southern African country. Antonio Munguambe, transport and
communications minister from 2005 to 2008, was found guilty of
acting as an accomplice in the embezzlement of 1.7 million dollars
(1.25 million euros) from national airport company Airports of
2010 Mar 13, Mozambique's
health ministry spokesman said the country's cholera outbreak has
now killed 42 people in the northern and central parts of the
southern African country.
2010 Mar 24, Mozambican and
donor officials say they have resolved questions over corruption and
democracy that led to an aid freeze.
2010 Mar 26, Mozambican police
said they have arrested 7 people suspected of trafficking women to
neighboring South Africa to work as prostitutes. The men were
arrested last week through a police sting operation. The women were
on sale for about $670 each.
2010 May 24, Brazilian
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched TV Brasil, a new
Portuguese-language network based in Mozambique's capital Maputo and
tasked with "saying good things" about Brazil. From Maputo, the new
channel will be broadcast to more than 40 countries, mostly in
Africa and Latin America.
2010 May 31, At least nine
people died and 40 were missing and feared dead after a boat sank
off the coast of northern Mozambique. All of those aboard the ship
2010 Jun 28, South African
media said Mozambicans and Thais children (9-16) were discovered a
week earlier by South African border police during an inspection at
the Komatipoort crossing between South Africa and Mozambique.
2010 Jun, The US Treasury
Department sanctioned three Mozambican businesses allegedly
connected to Mohamed Bachir Suleman, a Mozambique man, whose name
was added by the Obama administration to a list of international
drug kingpins. In Dec, 2010, newly released WikiLeaks documents
refered to Suleman often, saying he "uses his FRELIMO party
connections, as well as his shopping mall, supermarkets, and hotels
to import narcotics and launder money without official scrutiny."
2010 Jul 8, Mozambique’s
transport minister said in a report that his country will overcome a
shipping bottleneck to export its vast coal deposits by finding ways
for barges to navigate the Zambezi River.
2010 Aug 17, American oil
company Anadarko said it has discovered offshore oil deposits in
northern Mozambique, but it is unclear if the find will prove
2010 Sep 1, Mozambique's state
utility company implemented a 13.4 percent rate increase, while the
state water supplier has also raised prices in and around the
capital. Police opened fire on stone-throwing mobs who were
protesting rising prices. 6 people were killed and 288 wounded.
Another person died the next day. The UN noted that international
food prices have risen to their highest in two years, a level that
could see unrest spread.
(AP, 9/1/10)(AFP, 9/2/10)
2010 Sep 3, Police in
Mozambique fired rubber bullets and live ammunition to quell more
demonstrations against rising food prices. The death toll from the
unrest soon climbed to 13 with more than 440 injured. The government
said the economy has lost more than $3 million because of the deadly
riots, as state media reported new protests in two other towns.
(AFP, 9/3/10)(AFP, 9/6/10)
2010 Sep 3, In Accra, Ghana,
Standard Bank Africa announced at an agricultural forum a 100
million dollar scheme to reach some 750,000 small scale farmers in
Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda in a bid to boost output.
2010 Sep 5, Mozambican
authorities said five fishing boats have capsized in a storm off the
country's central coast, killing at least 15 fishermen.
2010 Sep 6, Mozambique state
radio reported that nine people have been arrested over the last 24
hours, accused of incitement for sending cell phone messages calling
for protests. The radio report said 3 of the 9 were arrested in
Nampula for trying to spread the protests to that northern province.
2010 Sep 7, Mozambique Planning
Minister Aiuba Cuereneia said that the 20 percent increase in the
government-set price of bread — which had followed a year of steady
increases on the staple in this impoverished country — that went
into effect a day earlier would be reversed. He said an increase in
the price of water also would be reversed, but that higher
electricity tariffs were being maintained.
2010 Sep 28, An Australian
mining company said it has discovered deposits in Mozambique of rare
minerals with a variety of industrial uses. The minerals found
included dysprosium, used to make laser materials and in components
of nuclear reactors.
2010 Oct 8, In Mozambique a
settling pond breached its wall at the Irish mining firm Kenmare
Resources’ Moma titanium and zircon mine in the northern province of
Nampula, flooding the area with a mixture of water, sand and clay. A
four-year-old girl was missing after the dam burst, flooding an area
housing 3,000 families.
2010 Oct 12, In Mozambique 17
prisoners cut the bars at Nampula Industrial Penitentiary before
escaping. They were among 99 inmates recently transferred to Nampula
from neighboring provinces. One fugitive was soon re-captured.
2010 Oct 14, Mozambique state
radio said a court in has sentenced two men to 20 years in prison
each for mutilating a 12-year-old boy and trying to sell his body
parts to a witchdoctor. The report said the two men, the boy's uncle
and another, held the boy down, cut out his eyes and removed his
genitals, intending to sell them to a Malawian witchdoctor. The boy
2010 Oct 25, South African
soldiers strayed into neighboring Mozambique and exchanged fire with
civilians, leaving 2 people dead and one injured.
(AP, 10/26/10)(AP, 10/27/10)
2010 Nov 9, Brazilian President
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva began a 2-day visit to Mozambique,
focusing on education and health care in his last trip to Africa
before leaving office.
2010 Dec 6, Saudi Arabia's Rani
Investment Group said it would break ground on a 100-million-dollar
(75-million-euro) resort on a Mozambique island next year, aiming to
cash in on foreign tourists.
2010 Dec 8, A Mozambican judge
sentenced two former government officials to 12 years in prison for
stealing 3.6 million meticais ($103,000) from the government. The
court ordered the government data center's former director Orlando
Come and former head of administration and finance Manuel Vilanculos
to repay the stolen money.
2010 Dec 10, It was reported
that the United States is concerned that Mozambique could become a
narco-state because of close ties between drug smugglers and the
nation's government, according to US Embassy cables released by
2010 The population of
Mozambique was about 20 million.
(Econ, 7/10/10, p.50)
2011 Jan 10, In Mozambique a
heavy storm killed 10 people and seriously injured seven others in
the central province of Manica.
2011 Jan 17, Mozambique
officially received its new $70-million (€53-million) national
sports stadium from the Chinese government after a series of false
starts delayed its completion.
2011 Jan 17, South Africa's
Cooperative Governance Ministry said at least 40 people have been
killed or gone missing following heavy rains from late December
through most of January and that thousands of homes in neighboring
Mozambique have been destroyed.
2011 Feb 13, Fifty illegal
Somali migrants and a Tanzanian captain died after a ship sank off
the coast of northern Mozambique. Mozambican marines sent 89 Somali
and Ethiopian survivors to a refugee camp which holds about 3,000
2011 Mar 13, In Maputo,
Mozambique, 2 people suffocated to death in a crowd of 10,000 at the
weekend opening of the new Universal Church of the Reign of God, a
Brazilian-based evangelical church.
2011 Apr 14, Mozambique
announced that it is building a $102 million (€70 million) airport
in the northern city Nacala in an effort to expand infrastructure to
attract tourists and investment.
2011 May 1, In central
Mozambique a US Peace Corps volunteer was raped at knife-point. On
May 11 the US Congress opened hearings into the safety of the
agency's volunteers worldwide. The program said more than 1,000
volunteers had been raped or sexually abused in the past decade and
reported on allegations that the agency had mishandled sexual
2011 May 8, In Mozambique Vale,
the Brazilian mining giant, opened a new $1.7 billion coal mine,
tapping the southern African country's thermal and coking coal
reserves of around 23 billion tons.
2011 May 23, Mozambique’s
Supreme Court slashed jail time for Antonio Munguambe, transport and
communications minister from 2005 to 2008, to four and a half years
as opposed to 20, saying embezzlement from a public company earned a
lesser penalty than stealing money from the government.
2011 Jun 24, Mozambique said
will begin housing minors in separate prisons from adults, as the
justice minister opened the country's first juvenile detention
2011 Jul 27, Mozambique’s state
daily Noticias said the country’s highest decision-making body, the
Council of Ministers, has endorsed measures to criminalize
embezzlement, influence peddling, and graft.
2011 Jul 28, Mozambique’s
official opposition party, the former rebel group Renamo, said it
will build barracks for its demobilized soldiers to "defend
democracy." The first barracks will be built in the northern
provinces of Cabo Delgado and Niassa, and in the central provinces
of Sofala and Zambezia, one-time Renamo strongholds.
2011 Sep 12, In Mozambique a
group of 15 Ethiopian athletes, after competing at the 10th All
Africa Games, went missing and left some of their possessions in the
athletes' village outside the capital Maputo.
2011 Oct 20, Italian energy
giant ENI announced a giant natural gas discovery off the coast of
Mozambique, which could be the largest in company's history.
2011 Oct 26, More than 700
Mozambican civil war veterans and their families gathered in Maputo
during a 2nd day of protests to demand pensions from the government.
None of the 70,000 fighters from the 16-year civil war between the
Frelimo government forces and Renamo rebel group currently receive
pensions, while veterans from the country's liberation war against
colonial power Portugal do get money from the state.
2011 Nov 2, Mozambique state
media said lynch mobs killed two people over the weekend accused of
being witches. Police reportedly arrested six people for the
2011 Nov 22, A survey of some
6,000 people over the last 12 months in Democratic Republic of
Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe said
police are the most corrupt institution in the six countries.
2011 SABMiller launched the
world’s first commercially produced cassava beer. It was brewed in
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.67)
2012 Jan 15, Tropical Storm
Dando hit Mozambique. 3 days of rain left 5 people dead.
2012 Jan 22, In Mozambique
storms left 12 people dead in the central province of Zambezia. Ten
deaths in southern areas had been reported earlier in the aftermath
of a tropical depression that brought fierce rains and wind last
2012 Jan 31, WFP officials said
the World Food Program (WFP) will give emergency food to more than
80,000 people in Mozambique after twin cyclones left 32 dead.
2012 Feb 1, South Africa’s
national parks agency said 3 young Mozambican poachers will spend 25
years behind bars after they were found with two fresh rhino horns
in Kruger Park.
2012 Feb 9, It was reported
that a woman (35) recently walked through a field in northern
Mozambique, near where a group of teenage boys were undergoing their
ritual circumcision into adulthood. Accusing her of trespassing on
sacred ground forbidden to women, the traditional leader meted out
his punishment: He ordered 17 of his young initiates to gang rape
her. Four of the youths were arrested.
2012 Mar 2, Mozambique's
government said it has refused to let mining giant Rio Tinto use the
Zambezi River to transport coal to the Indian Ocean for export. For
now the Sena railway line to Beira in the center of the country and
the Nacala line in the north were the preferred export routes for
2012 Mar 8, Mozambique police
stormed a camp of about 300 armed opposition supporters in the
north, arresting 20 and wounding two in Nampula.
2012 Mar 15, Mozambique's
Cahora Bassa dam denied cutting power to Zimbabwe, which had claimed
the state-owned company had pulled the plug over unpaid bills
totaling around $75 million.
2012 Apr 18, Mozambique
state-run newspaper Noticias reported that rampaging elephants are
terrorizing villages near the Zimbabwe border, attacking people,
trampling crops and scaring children.
2012 May 12, The presidents of
Mozambique and Malawi signed an electricity agreement in Maputo in a
first step to restore troubled relations between the two southern
2012 May 30, Mozambican police
arrested a Vietnamese man at the main airport in Maputo as he tried
to smuggle rhino horns out of the country. Doan Minh (41) had
already made it past airport security screening when he was caught.
2012 Jun, In Mozambique Danish
biotech giant Novozymes led a scheme under the Cleanstar name
whereby Mozambican farmers sell surplus cassava that is converted to
ethanol at a new facility near the central port city of Beira. The
fuel is then shipped to Maputo, where Cleanstar sells new gas
operated stoves. Some 200 stoves were sold in the first month and
another 3,000 were on order.
2012 Jul 21, Mozambique
launched a Brazilian funded pharmaceutical plant that will make
anti-retroviral drugs to battle the HIV/AIDS scourge in the southern
African country. The plant will initially package drugs from Brazil
but start producing the pills by the end of the year.
2012 Jul 31, Malawi vowed to
press on with oil and gas exploration on Lake Malawi, dismissing a
demand by Tanzania, which claims half of the lake, to halt
prospecting. Mozambique also owns part of the lake.
2012 Aug 18, In Mozambique
Southern African leaders slammed Rwanda for supporting rebels in the
Democratic Republic of Congo as a threat to regional stability and
urged Kigali to immediately stop its "interference." The Southern
African Development Community (SADC) mandated a mission to Rwanda to
urge them to stop support for the M23.
2012 Aug 31, Mozambican police
killed Orquilio Nhassengo, the suspected kingpin of a kidnapping
ring that has targeted wealthy Muslims in Maputo, during a raid in
which six were also arrested.
2012 Sep 9, In England a man
fell to the ground in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London when
a jet passing overhead lowered its landing gear as it neared the
runway at Heathrow Airport. The apparent stowaway had no
identification papers, just some currency from Angola. The man was
later identified as Jose Matada of Mozambique.
(AP, 12/10/12)(SFC, 4/12/13, p.A2)
2012 Nov 15, In Mozambique
youths in Maputo burned tires and attacked motorists over hikes in
2012 Nov 18, In Mozambique
pilots and crew members at the national airline went on strike,
grounding the carrier.
2012 Dec 21, In Mozambique 14
people died when a tire burst on a speeding minibus, causing the
driver to lose control and collide with an oncoming vehicle.
2012 Mozambique ranked 184 out
of 187 on the UN’s Human Development Index.
(Economist, 9/29/12, p.54)
2013 Jan 29, The UN said more
than 150,000 have been displaced by flooding in Mozambique over the
last several days as the overall death toll stood at 38.
2013 Apr 9, Mozambican
authorities say they have made some arrests after recent attacks and
fighting between police and alleged members of an opposition group
killed at least seven people and wounded 13 people in the violence
in Sofala province.
2013 Apr, In Mozambique Renamo
militia attacked a police position killing 4 officers. They said it
was in response to an army raid on their Satunjira base camp.
(Econ, 11/9/13, p.54)
2013 May 2, It was reported
that the last rhino in Mozambique has been killed. The warden in
charge of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park — the only place
where the horned behemoths lived in Mozambique — also said poachers
have wiped out the last of the rhinos. Mozambique's conservation
director believed a few may remain.
2013 Jun 15, In Mozambique
regional presidents of the Southern Africa Development Community
(SADC), meeting at a special summit on Zimbabwe asked President
Mugabe to delay crucial elections he has set for the end of July
while asking the nation to guarantee conditions for free and fair
2013 Jun 17, In Mozambique an
assault by 100-150 opposition fighters on an arms depot in Sofala
province killed 6 government troops and injured three others.
2013 Aug 11, Mozambican
government forces over the weekend attacked a guerrilla camp of the
Renamo opposition group in a flareup of violence ahead of local and
presidential elections between former foes from the country's
devastating 17-year civil war.
2013 Sep 11, Mozambique's bid
to end a conflict with former rebels that has unnerved investors hit
an impasse after the group's leader refused to leave his bush camp
2013 Oct 17, Mozambique
government forces killed two fighters from rebel group Renamo in
clashes on the first anniversary of their leader's return to the
2013 Oct 21, Mozambique
ex-rebel group Renamo declared the end of a peace deal signed 21
years ago after the army seized its military base.
2013 Oct 26, In central
Mozambique armed gunmen attacked a civilian convoy including a
passenger bus, killing one and wounding at least ten.
2013 Nov 5, Mozambique's
revived rebel movement Renamo spurned the government's invite for
high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military
skirmishes. Opposition fighters killed 4 soldiers in two separate
attacks amid escalating violence in the central part of the country.
(AFP, 11/5/13)(AP, 11/6/13)
2013 Nov 15, In Mozambique
suspected Renamo ex-rebels ambushed a convoy of cars killing one
person and wounding 10 others along a key highway in the latest of
low-intensity attacks gripping the country.
2013 Nov 20, Mozambique held
local elections. Preliminary results from the largely peaceful
elections pointed to a comprehensive victory for the ruling Frelimo
party and a potential shake-up among the country's opposition
2013 Nov 29, A Mozambique
Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a Namibian national
park, killing all on board. On Dec 21 a preliminary investigation
reported that the captain had a "clear intention" to crash.
(AP, 11/30/13)(AP, 12/1/13)(AFP, 12/21/13)
2014 Jan 15, Mozambican police
say they have arrested four Rwandans, including Lt. Col. Francis
Gakwerere, a senior official in the Rwandan armed forces, for the
Jan 1 murder in South Africa of former Rwandan spymaster Col.
Patrick Karegeya. The four were arrested last week.
2014 Jan, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe
visited the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Ethiopia to counter China’s
success in building diplomatic support and winning access to raw
(Econ, 1/25/14, p.34)
2014 Mar 2, Mozambique
agriculture minister Jose Pacheco said that more than 300,000 people
in central and southern regions of the country face famine this
2014 Mar 7, Mozambican PM
Alberto Vaquina says attacks by the opposition party and former
rebel movement Renamo have displaced more than 6,000 people in the
central parts of the country.
2014 Mar 10, Flooding in parts
of southern Mozambique prompted authorities to call on people to
evacuate. More than 6,000 people living in the Incomati basin were
at risk from flooding.
2014 Mar 10, South Africa said
it will ask Mozambican authorities to investigate reports of sexual
abuse of its female nationals held in the neighbouring country's
2014 Jun 5, Mozambique's
revived rebel movement Renamo called off a truce with government
forces, warning that armed attacks would spread from the main
north-south highway across the country. Local media reported at
least four deaths this week in as many attacks on vehicles
travelling along the EN1 highway between the Save River and the town
2014 Sep 5, In Mozambique a
peace accord was signed in Maputo between Pres. Armando Guebuza and
Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. It was intended to end almost 2 years
of hostilities between the two sides.
2014 Sep 7, In Mozambique six
suspected poachers were arrested in the Niassa National Reserve
wildlife reserve, home to about two-thirds of the country’s
2014 Oct 9, In Mozambique the
Maputo-based Center for Public Integrity (CIP) said ruling Frelimo
party boosted campaign funds for upcoming elections by smuggling
timber to Chinese buyers.
2014 Oct 12, In Mozambique
brawling supporters of Frelimo and opposition party Renamo clashed
in the northern city of Nampula, where 23 people were injured and 13
others arrested ahead of legislative and provincial elections on Oct
2014 Oct 15, Mozambicans voted
in a tough electoral test for the ruling Frelimo party, which has
run the southern African country since independence from Portugal in
1975. The race put Frelimo's Filipe Nyusi (55), the former defense
minister, against Afonso Dhlakama (61), the veteran leader of former
rebel group Renamo, and Daviz Simango (50), founder of the
Mozambique Democratic Party (MDM). Provisional results on Oct 24
said Nyusi won with 57% of the vote. Dhlakama took 36% and Simango
took nearly 7%.
(AFP, 10/15/14)(AP, 10/19/14)(Reuters, 10/24/14)
2014 Oct 17, Mozambican Renamo
opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama said he would challenge elections
held this week which he called unfair and marred by fraud.
2014 Oct 19, A Mozambican
opposition party which came third in presidential and legislative
polls said it rejected the results and would mount a legal
2014 Oct 20, Mozambique's
national elections commission said that vote counting in the
country's northwestern province has stopped due to possible fraud
with more than 60 percent of votes counted so far.
2014 Oct 30, The Mozambique
National Electoral Commission said Filipe Nyusi (55) of the
governing Frelimo party has been elected as the next president with
57% of the vote in final results of polls two weeks ago.
2014 Nov 12, In Mozambique
Mohamed Bachir Suleman, a wealthy businessman accused by the US
government in 2010 of being an international drug trafficker, was
kidnapped by four men with assault rifles in the parking lot of a
shopping mall that he owns in Maputo. Police rescued Suleman on Dec
19. He believed his kidnappers were Zimbabwean and South African
(AP, 11/14/14)(AP, 12/20/14)(AFP, 12/21/14)
2014 Dec 19, Mozambican
authorities said 5 people have died in floods in the capital Maputo,
after days of torrential rain.
2015 Jan 6, Mozambique police
arrested Antonio Muchanga, a senior official of Renamo, the
country's largest opposition party, on charges of inciting violence
amid renewed political tension between the former rebel group and
2015 Jan 11, In Mozambique a
contaminated traditional beer called Pombe killed numerous people in
Tete province. The death toll soon reached 69 with 196 others
admitted to hospital.
(AP, 1/11/15)(SFC, 1/12/15, p.A3)(SFC, 1/13/15,
2015 Jan 14, The Mozambique
government disaster management office said heavy flooding has killed
10 people and displaced nearly 20,000 more.
2015 Jan 15, Mozambique's new
President Filipe Nyusi was sworn into office in a ceremony boycotted
by the main opposition party.
2015 Feb 11, The Mozambique
government said a cholera epidemic has killed 19 people in the north
following flooding that devastated the region.
2015 Feb 19, In Mozambique at
least one person was killed and 12 wounded when a cargo train laden
with coal derailed near Magude.
2015 Mar 3, In Mozambique a
gunman shot dead Gilles Cistac (54), a prominent lawyer, who was
viewed as sympathetic to opposition calls for decentralization of
power. Former rebel group Renamo said Cistac had been killed because
of his views on decentralization. On April 13 police said Manuel
Lucio and Arsenio Nhaposse have been arrested in connection with the
(Reuters, 3/3/15)(Reuters, 4/13/15)
2015 Mar 7, In Mozambique
hundreds of human rights activists and students marched in Maputo
demanding justice for the March 3 murder of lawyer Gilles Cistac.
(Econ., 3/14/15, p.52)
2015 May 12, Mozambican police
seized 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns from a house in the
city of Matola. Two Chinese citizens were arrested. Mozambique's
elephant population has dropped from just over 20,000 to about
10,300 since 2009.
2015 May 27, Mozambican police
said six police officers officials have been arrested after 50 kg
(110 pounds) of rhino horn were stolen from a huge cache seized from
poachers only two weeks ago.
(AFP, 5/27/15)(AP, 5/28/15)
2015 May, A North Korean
diplomat was arrested in Mozambique on charges related to rhino horn
2015 Jun 11, Mozambique news
reported that authorities have arrested five police officers for
colluding with a poacher in the illegal sale of a rhino horn.
2015 Jun 29, Mozambique
decriminalized homosexuality when a new penal code came into force
that swept away old Portuguese colonial laws.
2015 Jul 6, Mozambique
authorities burned more than 2.6 tons of ivory and rhino horns
confiscated during various anti-poaching busts, demonstrating a
tough stance on wildlife trafficking.
2015 Jul 27, A Malawian
official said hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into the neighboring
country following fighting between the government and opposition
2015 Aug 29, In Mozambique
veteran journalist Paulo Machava, known for his crime reporting, was
gunned down on the streets of the capital.
2015 Sep 17, Mozambique
declared itself free of landmines, ending two decades of work to rid
the country of a legacy of war that killed or maimed thousands of
2015 Sep 25, In Mozambique 9
members of a convoy carrying Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso
Dhlakama were killed along with a driver in a shootout. Surviving
Renamo members, apparently including Dhlakama, fled into the bush
and a police operation was continuing in the area.
2015 Dec 12, Mozambique said
the United States will grant it $1.2 billion in aid to fund projects
in healthcare, food production and education under a five-year
agreement signed this week.
2016 Jan 14, Mozambican
refugees were reported flooding into Malawi by the hundreds,
recounting how government forces are torching their homes and barns
in the hunt for supporters of Renamo opposition leader Afonso
Dhlakama, who aims to seize power in six provinces.
2016 Mar 3, Mozambique aviation
authorities displayed the recovered a one-meter fragment from a
Boeing 777 believed to be from flight MH370 which vanished on March
8, 2014. Blaine Gibson, a lawyer from Seattle, recently discovered
the fragment on a sandbank near the tourist island of Benguerra.
2016 Mar 27, Thailand seized 87
ivory tusks, worth an estimated $800,000, found in a dozen barrels
sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine X-ray at
Suvarnabhumi International Airport detected the contraband.
2016 Apr 15, The IMF said it
suspended lending to Mozambique for failing to disclose some $1.4
billion of hidden debts.
(http://tinyurl.com/y77l7neo)(Econ 6/17/17, p.67)
2016 May 16, The International
Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
pledged $110 million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken
southern African countries including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
2016 May, In Mozambique the
Renamo insurgent group carried out 18 attacks on the main road,
killing 7 people and leaving more than 30 wounded. Since 2013,
tensions have risen and Renamo fighters have again taken up arms in
a battle that it says is against a Frelimo elite who has enriched
itself at the expense of the country.
2016 Jul 28, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said some 23 million farmers in
drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next
planting season with only a few weeks left before it begins. It said
Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have
reported more than 640,000 drought-related livestock deaths. Farmers
and cattle herders in 10 countries have requested assistance:
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2016 Jul, Moody’s downgraded
Mozambique saying it was very near to defaulting on its government
(Econ, 7/16/16, p.38)
2016 Aug 12, In Mozambique 6
civilians burned to death in an attack by Renamo rebels, the latest
in a string of violent skirmishes between opposition fighters and
2016 Nov 17, In Mozambique a
tanker truck carrying petrol exploded in Tete province. 43 people
were killed on the spot. The death toll soon rose to 80 with 35 in
(AFP, 11/18/16)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A2)(AFP,
2016 Dec 16, Cambodian
authorities found 1.3 metric tons of ivory, 10 cheetah skulls and 82
kg (180 pounds) of cheetah bones, and 137 kg (301 pounds) of
pangolin scales concealed in three containers shipped from
2016 Dec 27, Mozambique's
opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama said Renamo will cease all
military operations against government forces for the next seven
days to allow the public to enjoy New Year festivities.
2017 Jan 3, Mozambique's Renamo
opposition party said it had extended a ceasefire by two months to
allow talks with President Filipe Nyusi's government, raising hopes
for a nascent peace process.
2017 Jan 16, Mozambique, caught
between a scandal over hidden debt that has prompted an aid cut-off
and a commodity price slump, said it would miss a $60 million
2017 Jan 24, In Mozambique
Turkish Pres. Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on leader Filipe Nyusi to
take action against the exiled cleric he blames for last year's
2017 Feb 15, Tropical storm
Dineo hit the coastline of Mozambique. At least two people were
killed and in and further casualties were expected.
2017 Feb 17, Mozambique
disaster officials said Cyclone Dineo has killed seven people,
injured 55 and affected hundreds of thousands across southern
2017 May 4, The leader of
Mozambique's Renamo opposition party and rebel movement said he was
extending a ceasefire indefinitely, part of an agreement reached in
talks with the government to end violence since a disputed 2014
2017 Jun 6, Mozambique police
warned that bald people could be the targets of ritual attacks,
after the brutal killing of two men last month in Milange whose body
parts were to be used in witchcraft. Two suspects were under arrest.
2017 Sep 27, It was reported
that hundreds of vultures in Namibia died after feeding on an
elephant carcass that poachers had poisoned. Poachers in Zimbabwe
used cyanide to kill dozens of elephants for their ivory tusks. In
Mozambique three lions died after eating bait infused with a crop
2017 Oct 4, In Mozambique
Mahamudo Amurane (44), the mayor of Nampula, was fatally shot after
giving a speech about peace efforts on the 25th anniversary of the
signing of an accord that ended the country's civil war.
2017 Oct 5, In Mozambique a war
started when a group of insurgents occupied the district town and
port of Mocimboa da Praia for two days. The war expanded rapidly and
by Sept. 2020 at least 1,500 people have been killed and an
estimated 250,000 have fled their homes.
2017 Oct 6, In northern
Mozambique suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations
in the small town of Mocimboa de Praia over the last 24 hours
killing two policemen. 14 of the gunmen were slain. was believed to
be the first jihadist attack on the country.
(AFP, 10/7/17)(AFP, 6/7/18)
2018 Feb 19, In Mozambique
heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of
garbage at the Hulene dump on the outskirts of Maputo, killing as
many as 17 people who were buried by debris.
2018 Feb 22, Mozambique’s
National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) said in its latest
update that the southern hemisphere summer rainy season has killed
50 people in Mozambique since October.
2018 Mar 14, A Mozambique
government spokeswoman said pests and disease have destroyed at
least a third of the country's agricultural crops over the past 11
months. A day earlier the cabinet approved a 160 million metical
($2.6 million) action plan to combat pests and disease.
2018 May 3, Mozambique veteran
rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama (65), who had opened talks with the
government, died unexpectedly. Local media said he suffered sever
diabetes. For 39 years Dhlakama led Renamo, the rebel group which
fought a 16-year civil war against the ruling Frelimo party. In
December 2016, Dhlakama announced a surprise truce with the
government in the major first step towards a formal peace deal.
2018 May 27, In Mozambique 10
people, including two teenagers, were beheaded in the country's
north. Police said evidence shows the attackers are with the same
group that killed police officers in Mocimboa da Praia in October
amid concerns that the machete-wielding attackers have links to
2018 Jun 5, In northern
Mozambique suspected jihadists hacked seven people to death after
beheading 10 people in another settlement on May 27.
2018 Jun 6, In northern
Mozambique suspected jihadists wielding knives and machetes killed
five people in a region that has been rocked by attacks blamed on
2018 Jun 8, In Mozambique a US
embassy alert warned of an imminent attack on the regional gas hub
Palma. Since October, more than 30 people have been killed in brazen
assaults on unarmed villagers.
2018 Jul 5, It was reported
that Mozambique has emerged as one of the world's key heroin trading
hubs, with the drug now the country's second largest export as it is
smuggled from Afghanistan to Europe.
2018 Jul 23, Diamond producer
De Beers said it was relocating 200 elephants from its private
reserve in South Africa to neighboring Mozambique, part of wider
efforts to restore wildlife populations ravaged by conflict there.
2018 Sep 20, In northern
Mozambique 12 villagers were killed and 14 injured in an attack late
today by suspected jihadists in the village of Paqueue. Separately a
military convoy came under attack near the Tanzanian border north of
Paqueue, killing a senior army officer.
2018 Oct 6, Mozambique
President Filipe Nyusi launched an initiative to disarm and
reintegrate the military wing of the country's main opposition
party, Renamo, as part of efforts to bolster peace and security.
2018 Nov 23, In northern
Mozambique 12 people were killed in a suspected Islamist attack,
with thousands of villagers fleeing the area into neighboring
2018 Dec 13, Cambodian
authorities seized more than 3 tons of rare African ivory hidden
inside an abandoned shipping container, the country's largest haul
of elephant tusks in the last four years. The ivory was sent from
2018 Dec 29 South Africa
arrested Manuel Chang, the former Mozambican finance minister, at
the Johannesburg airport. A US indictment alleged that Chang and
others violated US anti-corruption laws in a $2 billion loan scandal
that plunged Mozambique into financial crisis.
2019 Jan 22, In Mozambique
South African businessman Andre Mayer Hanekom (61), held on
suspicion of being a jihadist leader, died in hospital under
mysterious circumstances. Hanekom, who ran a maritime business in
Palma, was arrested in August alongside two locals and two
Tanzanians, with prosecutors accusing them of being part of a
2019 Jan 29, British mining
group Gemfields said it will pay 5.8 million pounds in compensation
to nearly 300 miners over accusations of torture around a ruby mine
in Mozambique, but denied liability.
2019 Feb 8, In northern
Mozambique local sources said suspected jihadists have killed seven
men and abducted four women in the latest violence to hit the Cabo
Delgado region. The bodies were cut into pieces and left in Piqueue
2019 Feb 21, In northern
Mozambique a local worker was killed and six others were wounded
when two road convoys operated by US gas giant Anadarko came under
2019 Mar 14, Mozambique
cancelled flights to several domestic destinations as a tropical
cyclone, potentially the strongest to hit the country in nearly two
decades, approached. Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique late today and
continued on to Zimbabwe and Malawi. Over the next two days more
than 140 people were killed, hundreds more were missing and tens of
thousands left stranded in mainly poor, rural areas.
(AFP, 3/14/19)(AP, 3/16/19)(SSFC, 3/17/19, p.A7)
2019 Mar 18, Mozambique's
President Filipe Nyusi said that more than 1,000 may have by killed
by Cyclone Idai. The official death count stood at 84. The Red Cross
said that 90 percent of Beira, a city of 500,000, had been damaged
or destroyed. The death toll in Malawi from heavy rains and flooding
stood at 56 as of last week.
(AP, 3/18/19)(Reuters, 3/18/19)
2019 Mar 19, Aid workers in
Mozambique said rapidly rising floodwaters have created "an inland
ocean" endangering scores of thousands of families, as they
scrambled to rescue survivors of Cyclone Idai who clung to rooftops
2019 Mar 20, In Mozambique aid
workers scrambled to save hundreds trapped by floods around the port
city of Beira. At least 200 people have died in Mozambique and 98 in
Zimbabwe, but the death toll is likely to rise as rescuers are still
2019 Mar 21, Mozambique
authorities said the death toll in the country has risen to 217 and
around 15,000 people, many of them very ill, still need to be
rescued. In neighboring Zimbabwe, the death toll from Cyclone Idai
jumped to 139.
2019 Mar 22, The confirmed
death toll in Mozambique and neighboring Zimbabwe reached 432, with
293 killed in Mozambique, and around 1.7 million people affected.
Hundreds of thousands of people scrambled for shelter, food and
water across a swathe of southern Africa.
(AFP, 3/22/19)(Reuters, 3/22/19)
2019 Mar 23, Mozambique said
the number of people killed after Cyclone Idai tore through the
country has risen to 417.
2019 Mar 24, Mozambique's death
toll rose to 446 from 417. In Zimbabwe, UN agencies have given
different tolls of 259 and 154, while in Malawi 56 people died in
heavy rains ahead of Cyclone Idai.
2019 Mar 27, A Mozambique
government official said five cases of cholera have been confirmed
following Cyclone Idai that ravaged the country, killing at least
2019 Mar 27, UN officials said
at least 707 people had been reported killed by Cyclone Idai, the
flooding it caused and heavy rains before it hit. This included 468
in Mozambique, 259 in Zimbabwe and 60 in Malawi.
2019 Mar 29, In Mozambique the
number of confirmed cases of cholera in the cyclone-hit port city of
Beira jumped from five to 138, as government and aid agencies
battled to contain the spread of disease among the tens of thousands
of victims of the storm.
2019 Mar 30, Mozambique
authorities said cholera cases among cyclone survivors have jumped
to 271, a figure that nearly doubled from the previous day.
2019 Mar 30, United Nations
officials said at least 746 people have been reported killed in
Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe since Cyclone Idai landed on March
2019 Apr 1, Mozambican and
international health workers raced to contain the outbreak of
cholera in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas,
where cases of the disease has jumped to more than 1,000.
2019 Apr 2, Mozambique
officials said cholera cases have risen above 1,400 as hundreds of
thousands of vaccine doses arrived in an attempt to limit the rapid
spread of the disease.
2019 Apr 3, In Mozambique a
vaccination campaign was launched in the central city of Beira after
a cyclone slammed into the region and unleashed an outbreak of
cholera. The disease has already killed two people and infected more
2019 Apr 7, UN and government
officials said at least 847 people have been killed by Cyclone Idai,
the flooding it caused and heavy rains after it hit Mozambique
(602), Zimbabwe (259) and Malawi (60).
2019 Apr 8, A South African
court ruled that Michael Chang (63), a Mozambican ex-finance
minister held since December on a US arrest warrant, can be
extradited to either the United States or his home country.
Ultimately the South African government is likely to decide where he
2019 Apr 9, Zimbabwe updated
its death toll from Cyclone Idai to 344 while Mozambique said
recorded fatalities stood at 602, taking the combined tally to 946.
2019 Apr 25, In Mozambique a
powerful tropical cyclone began to make landfall, just six weeks
after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and
left hundreds dead.
2019 Apr 25, Cyclone Kenneth
lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing
three people, and swept toward flood-battered Mozambique.
2019 Apr 26, Cyclone Kenneth
ripped off roofs in Mozambique and killed at least three people as
the UN warned of "massive flooding" ahead. Over the next 10 days,
the storm is expected to dump twice as much rain as Cyclone Idai did
2019 Apr 27, Mozambican
officials urged those living near two rivers in the country's north
to move to higher ground, as Cyclone Kenneth dumped heavy rains and
caused some flooding. The death toll from Kenneth rose to five.
2019 Apr 29, In northern
Mozambique rains grounded aid flights for a second day, hampering
efforts to reach survivors of Cyclone Kenneth as the death toll
there jumped to 38.
2019 Apr 30, Rains pounded
parts of northern Mozambique, several days after Cyclone Kenneth
struck the southern African nation. The UN said aid workers faced
difficulties in reaching thousands of survivors and the death toll
rose to 41.
2019 May, In Mozambique the
death toll from Cyclones Idai in March and Kenneth this month killed
more than 650 people, plus hundreds of others in Zimbabwe and
(SFC, 5/31/19, p.A3)
2019 May 3, The World Bank said
will extend more than half-a-billion dollars in grants for
cyclone-ravaged southern African countries as he concluded a visit
to Mozambique. A total of up to $545 million will be disbursed to
Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the three countries hit by Cyclone
Idai in March.
2019 Jun 3, UN officials
said international donors have pledged $1.2 billion to help
Mozambique recover from the devastation caused by cyclones Idai and
Kenneth, but $3.2 billion is needed overall.
2019 Jun 4, The Islamic State
group claimed it was involved in an insurgent clash late today in
Mozambique for the first time. An expert expressed doubt and police
dismissed the claim outright.
2019 Jun 16, Two members of
Mozambique's border police were shot dead in an incident involving
South African soldiers and the two countries launched a joint
investigation into what happened.
2019 Aug 1, Mozambique's
President Filipe Nyusi and the leader of the main opposition party
Renamo signed a permanent ceasefire agreement, designed to put an
end to almost half a century of hostilities that killed over 1
million people at their peak.
2019 Aug 6, Mozambique's
leaders hoped to close the book on a decades-long conflict with the
signing of a new peace accord. But an election in October and new
causes of violence meant lasting peace is far from assured.
2019 Aug 22, In Russia
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi signed energy and security
agreements with Pres. Vladimir Putin in the first visit by a leader
from the southern African state in two decades.
2019 Aug 27, The Mozambican
government formally launched an exchange offer for its defaulted
2023 Eurobond, seeking the consent of bondholders for a
restructuring that would ease pressure on its strained public
2019 Sep 4, Pope Francis opened
a 3-nation pilgrimage to southern Africa with a visit to Mozambique.
(SFC, 9/5/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 5, In Mozambique Pope
Francis praised Pres. Felipe Nyusi and opposition leader Ossufo
Momade for their courage in signing a new, landmark peace accord.
(SFC, 9/6/19, p.A4)
2019 Sep 11, The five members
of the Southern African Customs Union and Mozambique said they have
reached a deal with the UK to govern trade between them after
2019 Oct 7, In Mozambique
Anastacio Matavel, a key local election observer, was shot dead this
morning, a week before the presidential vote, after leaving a
training for national election observers in southern Gaza province.
2019 Oct 15, Mozambicans voted
today in an election which President Filipe Nyusi said should help
anchor peace, while his opposition rival warned against any
manipulation of the results.
2019 Oct 19, In Mozambique the
opposition Renamo party held a press conference and issued a
statement accusing Frelimo of violating the country's fragile peace
accord. Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi has taken an early lead in
results from this week's presidential election but Renamo has
questioned the results.
2019 Oct 27, Mozambique's
National Election Commission (CNE) said incumbent President Filipe
Nyusi has won a landslide victory in the Oct. 15 election it was
hoped would calm tensions in a nation soon to become a top global
gas exporter, but has instead stoked divisions as opposition parties
2019 Nov 22, It was reported
that a month's long drought is affecting most of southern Africa.
The area has received just one normal rainfall in the last five
growing seasons. More than 11 million people faced food insecurity
in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
(SFC, 11/22/19, p.A6)
2019 Mozambique's President
Filipe Nyusi hired Russia's Wagner Group to tackle a jihadist
insurgency in the north. The group pulled out after a bunch of its
men were killed. The government then hire the Dyck Advisory Group
(DAG), led by Lionel Dyck, a South Africa-based colonel.
(Econ., 5/30/20, p.37)
2020 Jan 15, Mozambique's
President Filipe Nyusi (60) was sworn in for a second and final term
after five turbulent years in office amid two armed insurgencies.
2020 Feb 1, It was reported
that Exxon Mobil Corp and Total have asked Mozambique to send more
troops to guard their operations in the far north after a surge of
attacks by Islamist militants.
2020 Feb 7, The UN said people
are fleeing a surge of attacks in northern Mozambique where
witnesses have described beheadings, mass kidnappings and villages
burned to the ground.
2020 Mar 23, In northern
Mozambique militants staged an overnight attack on Mocimboa de
Praia, taking a military base and raising their flag. The transport
hub is near what may be Africa's largest ever gas project.
(AP, 3/23/20)(Economist, 4/4/20, p.9)
2020 Mar 24, Mozambican
immigration officers found 64 dead bodies in a shipping container on
the back of a lorry that had crossed into Mozambique from Malawi.
There were 14 survivors.
2020 Apr 7, In northern
Mozambique Islamist militants killed around 52 people in the village
of Xitaxi in Muidumbe district. The attack only came to light on
2020 Apr 8, Rioting broke out
in the Mozambican port city of Nacala after the authorities tried to
ban motorcycle taxis due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Apr 8, Banco Comercial
Portugues (BCP) began legal action against Mozambique, becoming the
latest bank to pursue the heavily indebted East African state, which
has been embroiled in a long-running $2 billion debt scandal.
2020 Apr 13, In Mozambique
Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos (49), aka Fuminho, was arrested in
Maputo after spending more than two decades on the run. He was one
of Brazil's most wanted criminals and the alleged leader of the São
Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) drug gang, accused of
shipping tons of cocaine around the world.
2020 Apr 19, Mozambique
expelled a fugitive Brazilian cocaine trafficker following his
arrest this week. Brazilian media reported that Gilberto Aparecido
dos Santos left Mozambique early this morning in a Brazilian Air
Force plane bound for Brazil.
2020 May 16, It was reported
that Mozambique's armed forces killed 50 Islamic extremist fighters
this week in battles in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
(SFC, 5/16/20, p.A2)
2020 Jun 18, It was reported
that six policemen in Mozambique have been found guilty of murdering
an election observer ahead of last October's election. Anastacio
Matavel was shot as he was driving in the southern city of Xai-Xai.
His car was hit by 13 bullets.
2020 Jul, The French firm oil
firm Total secured $15 billion in loans for its liquified natural
gas operations in Mozambique. This was the biggest project finance
deal in African history.
(Econ., 8/29/20, p.33)
2020 Aug 5, In Mozambique
insurgents another assault on the port of Mocimoa da Praia. They
killed more than 50 soldiers and sank a small naval ship.
(Econ., 8/29/20, p.32)
2020 Aug 11, In Mozambique
insurgents took the port of Mocimoa da Praia.
(Econ., 8/29/20, p.32)
2020 Aug 13, Mozambique said
its troops are fighting to regain control of the key port of
Mocimboa da Praia, following multiple reports that it had fallen to
Islamist militants a day earlier. Dozens of soldiers were reported
killed, and a patrol boat sunk. The army said it has killed about 60
2020 Aug 23, In Mozambique the
premises of two leading independent newspapers, the weekly Canal de
Mozambique and the daily CanalMoz, were attacked late today with
petrol bombs and burned. The Center for Democracy said the
fire-bombing could be linked to a report Canal printed days earlier
about bribery and the efforts of prominent Mozambicans to win
control of part of the fuel retail business worth millions of
2020 Sep 9, Amnesty
International accused Mozambique’s government security forces of
torturing suspected members of an Islamist insurgency in the
country’s northern Cabo Delgado province — as well as “possible
extrajudicial executions", and of “discarding of a large number of
corpses into apparent mass graves".
2020 Sep 14, In Mozambique a
video emerged showing people dressed in army uniforms beating and
killing a naked woman in the restive gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
The defence ministry soon condemned the footage as "horrifying" and
vowed to "ascertain their authenticity". Defense Minister Jaime Neto
later said that the video was doctored.
(BBC, 9/15/20)(AP, 9/16/20)
2020 Sep 22, The World Food
Program said escalating extremist insurgency in northern Mozambique
has displaced 310,000 people, creating an urgent humanitarian
2020 Nov 4, It was reported
that at least 40 people fleeing extremist violence in northern
Mozambique drowned when their boat sank.
2020 Nov 9, Mozambique state
media reported that more than 50 people have been beheaded in
northern Cabo Delgado province by militant Islamists over the few
2020 Nov 10, The UN called on
Mozambique to investigate reports that militants had massacred
villagers and beheaded women and children in a restive northern
2021 Jan 24, Cyclone Eloise
left parts of central Mozambique flooded after it struck near the
port city of Beira. Four people were reported killed as the cyclone
headed towards Zimbabwe and northern South Africa. The death toll
was later raised to 21.
(BBC, 1/24/21)(AFP, 1/29/21)
2021 Feb 23, In Mozambique 86
dolphin carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the
capital Maputo, after a first group of 14 was washed ashore two days
earlier. Last week Cyclone Guambe caused unrest in the waters off
the island of Bazaruto.
2021 Feb 24, Portugal said it
will send 5% of its COVID-19 vaccine shots to a group of
Portuguese-speaking African countries and to the tiny nation of East
Timor in the second half of the year. Portugal's former African
colonies include Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau,
Equatorial Guinea, and Sao Tome and Principe.
2021 Mar 2, International
rights group Amnesty International said war crimes have been
committed by all sides fighting in Mozambique's northern Cabo
Delgado province, including jihadi rebels, government forces and a
South African mercenary outfit that provides helicopter support to
2021 Mar 10, The US government
designated al-Shabaab in Mozambique as a "foreign terrorist
organization", describing it as an IS-affiliate.
2021 Mar 12, It was reported
that more than half a million people in the Palma region of northern
Mozambique have been driven from their homes in the past 12 months
as al-Shabab militants terrorized the area.
2021 Mar 15, The US embassy in
Mozambique said US special operations forces will support
Mozambique's efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent
2021 Mar 16, Aid agency Save
the Children said Islamist militants are beheading children as young
as 11 in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado.
2021 Mar 26, In Mozambique
insurgents attacked a convoy of civilians as they attempted to flee
a hotel in Palma, killing several people and injuring dozens of
others. The dead included Adrian Nel of South Africa and six others,
who were in a convoy of vehicles that was apparently ambushed.
(NY Times, 3/27/21)(BBC, 3/29/21)
2021 Mar 27, In Mozambique an
attack by hundreds of militants trapped nearly 200 people, including
foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, site of a major gas project. A
three-day siege has left at least several people dead and hundreds
of other civilians unaccounted for. Throughout the three-day siege,
insurgents set government buildings ablaze and detonated explosives
at three banks and the health clinic in town.
(NY Times, 3/27/21)
2021 Mar 28, In Mozambique
rebels fought the Mozambican army for the fifth straight day for
control of the strategic northern town of Palma, as reports came in
that dozens of civilians have been killed and bodies were littering
2021 Mar 31, In northern
Mozambique hundreds of militants stormed Palma, targeting shops,
banks and a military barracks. Dozens of people were reported dead
following the attack.
2021 Apr 5, Mozambique's
military said it has regained full control of the coastal town of
Palma, more than a week after it was raided by militant Islamists.
2021 Apr 13, The UN World Food
Program said almost one million people are facing severe hunger in
northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands of people have been
forced to flee a jihadist insurgency.
2021 Apr 26, The French energy
firm Total announced hat it has halted all operations on its $20
billion investment in a liquified natural gas project in northern
Mozambique as a result of the extremist rebel insurgency there..
2021 Aug 6, It was reported
that a 1,000-strong Rwandan force has hit the ground running since
its deployment in Mozambique to fight poor insurgents who have
carried out devastating attacks in the far north of the country.
There is broad agreement that the uprising was begun by young people
without jobs protesting about growing poverty and inequality, as
well as the lack of any gains from mineral resources including
rubies and gas.
2021 Aug 8, The Rwanda Defence
Force tweeted that the port city of Mocímboa da Praia , a major
stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years has been
captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces.
2021 Sep 13, In Mozambique
Révocat Karemangingo, a prominent member of the Rwandan refugee
community, was shot dead. He had told police there was a plot to
2021 Oct 4, Mozambique
President Filipe Nyusi urged Islamist militants in its far north to
surrender, saying they had nowhere to run, after allied Rwandan,
Mozambican and southern African forces pushed them out of territory
they had been occupying.
2021 Oct 5, The UN said
government forces have rescued abducted children who were forcefully
recruited by the Al-Shabab jihadist group in northern Mozambique.
2021 Oct 11, In Mozambique
Mariano Nyongo, the leader of Renamo military junta, was killed
early this morning in fighting between the Defence and Security
Forces (FDS) and the insurgents in Sofala province.
2021 Nov 30, The Mozambican
government said that it had detected two cases of Omicron variant in
2021 Dec, Elon Musk's Tesla
company signed an agreement with Australia's Syrah Resources, which
operates one of the world’s largest graphite mines in Mozambique.
Tesla will buy the material from the company's processing plant in
Vidalia, Louisiana, which sources graphite from its mine in Balama,
2022 Jan 3, It was reported
that Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi and his wife Isaura have
tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolating.
2022 Jan 12, Southern African
Development Community (SADC) countries agreed at a summit to extend
their troop deployment in Mozambique to help the government fight an
Islamic State-linked insurgency.
2022 Jan 25, Mozambique's
National Institute for Management and Disaster Risk Reduction said
that eight people had died in the prior 24 hours due to tropical
storm Ana. The death toll soon rose to 20.
(Reuters, 1/26/22)(AP, 1/26/22)(Reuters, 1/28/22)
2022 Mar 3, Mozambique
President Filipe Nyusi fired PM Carlos Agostinho do Rosário, in what
appeared to be a major cabinet reshuffle following the sacking of
six ministers a day earlier.
2022 Mar 11, Mozambique's
President Filipe Nyusi said at least seven people died as Tropical
Cyclone Gombe made early morning landfall packing wind speeds
exceeding 200 kmh (125 mph) that pummeled north and central areas of
the country. The death toll soon rose to 53.
(Reuters, 3/11/22)(Reuters, 3/17/22)
2022 Mar 18, The WHO said
almost 70,000 vaccinators will go door-to-door in Malawi,
Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, to give all children
under 5 the oral polio vaccine in a $15.7 million campaign funded by
the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in a bid to prevent a
renewed spread of polio.