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The Zambezia Provincial Court in central Mozambique on Wednesday ordered the detention of three staff from the provincial directorate of agriculture and food security on charges of stealing two million meticais (about 33,000 US dollars, at current exchange rates) from state coffers.
The most senior official arrested is the former provincial director of food and security, Marcelo Chaquisse. He has been charged alongside Helder Vicente and Remigio Namariba. Also charged under the same investigation is the head of the Zambezia Business Council, Alfredo Ramos.
Chaquisse was removed from his post last month when he was accused of mismanagement of public funds and property.
According to the provincial prosecutor, Miguel Candido, the accused face charges of embezzlement, abuse of public office, and illicit participation in business.
Candido explained that the missing funds were allocated to the cultivation of fields in the district of Nicoadala. Although the funds were spent the tillage has not been undertaken, and this is why the authorities are very keen on recovering the funds.Source: AIM