A summary of the much anticipated audit of the secret US$2 billion loans is out. It reveals they were all buck and no bang
The audit by Kroll Associates of the loans to three supposed maritime projects talks about what the US$2 billion loans were not spent on but not where the money really went. The secrets remain behind a wall of silence erected by the security and intelligence service, the Serviço de Informação e Segurança do Estado (SISE), and its supporters in party and state. The findings of the six-month investigation, released in a 57-page summary on 24 June, sparked outrage in Maputo as civil society and the media demanded that heads roll. The ball is now in the court of Attorney General Beatriz Buchili, who is supposed to decide who shall be prosecuted. Among the revelations were astonishing fees paid to banks to administer, arrange, structure and restructure the loans.
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