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Mozambique Electricity (EDM) has cut power to Mozambique’s Assembly of the Republic over invoices outstanding for several months. A Verdade has established that the ‘House of the People’ has been operating on a generator since the beginning of the week, although Veronica Macamo, the sovereign body’s president, said: “I have no knowledge of this”.
Electricity was cut off last Tuesday (June 4), since when the Mozambican parliament has been operating with power supplied by its emergency generator.
The EDM press office confirmed to @Verdade that the Assembly had been cut off, but declined to say how much was owed. Our source did however explain that, in order to be cut off, a customer must be least two months in arrears.
Last April, @Verdade revealed that state institutions owed EDM a total of 484 million meticais.
Replying to @Verdade enquiries, Parliamentary Speaker Veronica Macamo said on Thursday: “I have no knowledge of this. I think it must have been a temporary problem – this is not possible.”
For its operations in 2019, the approved State Budget allocated parliament 1.4 billion meticais, of which 218,261,260 meticais was assigned for goods and services, including electricity costs.
@Verdade has however established that the State Budget Execution Report for the first quarter of this year gave the ‘House of the People’ a supplementary allocation of 101,920,240 meticais.
By Adérito CaldeiraSource: A Verdade
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