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Vol 55 No 16

Published 8th August 2014


Gas, cash and votes

As elections approach, money and favours change hands and the gas boom unleashes a torrent of competing companies and politicians

With the race underway to exploit the massive gas reserves off the coast of Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces, economic power and now political power is shifting northwards. That was one reason why Fillipe Jacinto Nyusi, who was born in Cabo Delgado, was chosen as the presidential candidate of the governing Frente de Libertação de Moçambique for the October elections. The candidacy of Nyusi, a modest man with little charisma, was backed by former Defence Minister General Alberto Chipande, the grand old man of the liberation struggle and of the Makonde people. Nyusi, also Makonde, is the first northerner to lead Frelimo.

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