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In social networks, at every street corner, in coffee shops and even in the “chapas” minibuses, the main subject of conversation in Maputo is the arrest and extradition to the United States of America of former Mozambican minister of finance, Manuel Chang.
Chang was arrested in Johannesburg at the request of the United States for alleged financial crimes related to Mozambique’s ‘hidden debts’.
“I think it’s a good way to bring to justice people who have at some point injured our state,” Maputo resident Aidata Dambo says.
A worker, who asked for anonymity, said that Chang “used money for personal benefit and not for the benefit of the Mozambican people”.
Student Solomon Dima believes that “the trial will serve to show that it is possible to combat corruption, and maybe it will persuade others not to opt for the same actions”.
Weakness and a high cost of living
Regarding the United States extradition request, Dima says that “the process should have taken place in Mozambique, because with this we are showing a certain weakness abroad … that our country has no capacity, and that this has to happen outside the country”.
But others, like young Carlos Mutola, do not agree with the extradition, and argue that “Chang has to be heard in South Africa and then, in the company of others (implicated), to clarify to all the Mozambican people how the hidden debts came about”.
Following the discovery of hidden debts, Mozambique lost direct support from major donors, with direct impact on the lives of the country’s population of 29 million.
Like most of the population, another young man, Ramadan Aly, recalls that “two or three years ago, we could buy things at affordable prices, but things have changed totally”.Source: Voa Portugues