MAPUTO, Mozambique’s Attorney-General’s Office (PGR), apparently with the authorisation of a judge, has asked for details on the bank accounts of former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, 18 other individuals and one company in connection with the audit of the three government-owned companies — Ematum (Mozambique Tuna company), Proindicus and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).

According to the latest issue of the independent weekly, Savana, the PGR asked the banks concerned to lift banking secrecy on these accounts, under the provisions of Mozambican banking legislation which allow for the normal confidentiality of banking transaction to be overruled when requested by the central bank, when the terms of the criminal law allow the violation, or when there is a court order signed by a judge.

Savana reported that the PGR’s request was signed by Prosecutor Armando Pedro, and stamped on the reverse by a judge. The banks contacted by the PGR confirmed to the paper’s reporters the authenticity of this document. The PGR is interested in the deposits and withdrawals for the period running from Jan 1, 2012 to Dec 31, 2016.

In addition to the former president, the list of those covered by the request include two of his sons, Ndambi and Mussunbuluco, and several of his close collaborators during his ten years in office — his former adviser and spokesperson, Edson Macuacua, who is now chairperson of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Commission of the Mozambican parliament), his political adviser, Renato Matusse, his press secretary, Marlene Magaia, his economic adviser, Carlos Simango, his legal adviser, Neusa Matos, and his adviser for general matters, Carlos Pessane.

Also on the list are the former head of protocol in the President’s office, Francisco Cigarro, who is now Mozambican Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Jose Maneia, Mozambique’s consul in Dubai, and Riduan Adamo, another staff member at the UAE embassy.

The UAE is where the company, Abu Dhabi Mar, is based and this is the company which owns the French shipyard where vessels were built for Ematum and Proindicus.