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Samora Machel Jr (‘Samito’), the son of Samora Machel, Mozambique’s first post-independence president, is due to be heard this week by the Frelimo Verification Committee, as part of the internal disciplinary process which has been set in motion by the ruling party.
This information was confirmed to mediaFAX by Samito himself. “Yes, I confirm,” he said on Saturday morning, without, however, going into details.
Machel Jr’s hearing, which takes place at a little less than 10 days before the meeting of Frelimo’s Central Committee, is part of a disciplinary proceeding which results from him having tried to run as head of the AJUDEM list in the municipal elections of 10 October last year, an act which, according to the party’s disciplinary body, violates its statutes.
In a letter sent to Frelimo president Filipe Nyusi at the end of January, Samora Machel Jr called for the convening of a meeting to discuss the current state of the party, which, he said, was “experiencing a deep crisis”.
According to sources consulted by Africa Monitor Intelligence (AIM), the hearing will include an exposition of the grounds of the alleged violation of the statutes which underpin the disciplinary process, in which Samito risks being expelled.
However, AIM Mozambique writes, the anticipated risk to the party of the expulsion of ‘Samito’, the son of two of Frelimo’s and the country’s main independence icons (Samora and Josina Machel), will probably dictate more lenient measures by the Frelimo leadership in dealing with the case.Source: AIM Moçambique