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The Mozambican government on Tuesday announced the appointment of Augusta Maita as the new general director of the country’s relief agency, the National Disaster Management Institute (INGC).
The INGC has been without a general director since May, when President Filipe Nyusi promoted the previous occupant of this post, Joao Machatine, to Minister of Public Works.
Maita became a familiar figure over the past few weeks as the mayoral candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party for the central city of Beira in the municipal elections. She is generally held to have run a competent and dynamic campaign, but could not defeat the incumbent mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, the leader of the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM). The Frelimo list she headed took 29 per cent of the vote, coming second to the MDM with 45 per cent.
Maita is currently permanent secretary of the Sofala provincial government, a post to which she was appointed in November 2017. Her previous positions include chairperson of the Board of Directors of the National Sustainable Development Fund, and deputy director of the Economic and Financial Studies Department in the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Her promotion to the top job in the INGC may come as a surprise to voters in Beira, particularly to those who supported Frelimo. For although she was not elected mayor, she was elected a member of the Municipal Assembly, and would have headed the Frelimo group in the Assembly.
Instead, she will not attend a single meeting of the new Municipal Assembly. Her departure for a Maputo-based job deprives Frelimo in Beira of its best known voice.Source: AIM
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