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Mozambique’s former Minister of Public Works, Júlio Carrilho, died at his home in Maputo on Sunday morning, according to sources in his family.
Born in the northern Mozambican city of Pemba in 1946, he qualified as an architect in Lisbon in 1971.
Carrilho was the youngest member of the first government of independent Mozambique, headed by President Samora Machel. He was 29 years old in 1975, when he took office as the Minister of Public Works and Housing.
Prior to the formation of the new government, he was Secretary of State for Public Works in the transitional government formed under the September 1974 independence agreement between the liberation movement, Frelimo, and Portugal.
Between 1979 and 1980, he was Minister of Industry, before returning to public works (renamed the Ministry of Construction and Water) between 1980 and 1986.
He was also chairperson of the board of the Fund for Artistic and Cultural Development (FUNDAC) between 1989 and 1994, a member of the Installation Commission of the Mozambican Academy of Sciences from 1994 to 2008, and a member of the National Commission for UNESCO between 1990 and 2000.