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Vol 54 No 22

Published 1st November 2013


The mystery ship deal

Why is a new company linked to the security services spending over 300 million euro on a tuna fishing fleet and a mini-navy?

As tensions rise in Mozambique following rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama's abrogation on 21 October of the 1992 peace deal, more questions are being asked about the government's opaque spending on security and the armed forces and its plans to protect the country's growing investment in offshore gas production. There is particular interest in the purchase of a fleet of trawlers and patrol boats for over US$300 million, which was negotiated by President Armando Guebuza before his meeting with France's President François Hollande in Paris on 27 September.

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