Briefing from ROAPE Volume 32 Number 104/5
Can Mozambique's New Pres. Lead Fight Against Corruption

Can Mozambique's New President Lead the Fight Against Corruption
Vol.32 No.104/5 (Jun/Sep 2005), pp431-436
Although the Mozambican discourse on corruption continues, it is mainly aimed at petty corruption. State funds continue to be drained off to benefit small numbers of the political elite; conflict of interest rules are ineffective. Indeed, there are no conflict of interest rules at all to regulate the actions of the new businessman-president Armando Guebuza. And he has an enormous range of business interests which depend on government generosity, including fishing licences and soft loans. He also has a wide range of business associates in the Frelimo elite. Can he afford to push for a higher level of transparency and accountability?