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