Mozambique Elections: Poster battles continue; collecting cards - By Joseph Hanlon
Edson Cortez (photo: folha de maputo)
Centre for Public Integrity (CIP) director Edson Cortez said on Tuesday that President Filipe Nyusi’s four-year rule was marked by the “ghost” of the “hidden debt”, even affecting his “visible efforts” to achieve the ultimate peace in Mozambique.
“The four years of President Nyusi’s tenure have been marked by a structural challenge: the ‘hidden debts’. The scandal, which has cut off foreign aid, has limited his government’s performance,” the CIP executive director said in an interview with Lusa.
According to Cortez, the spectre of the hidden debts illegally contracted between 2014 and 2015 under the presidency of Armando Guebuza, has plagued the current Mozambican head of state’s mandate, mainly because his executive had tried to “push the problem with the belly, not taking serious measures”.
“Our practical experience shows that, in Mozambique, the judiciary is in the grip of executive power, not to mention the fact that the Mozambican head of state is also the president of the majority party in parliament. He could have applied pressure to see this case resolved. He could have given the court the necessary protection to carry out its task,” Cortez notes.Source: Folha de Maputo