FORMER MOZAMBICAN JUSTICE MINISTER CHARGED WITH CORRUPTION

MAPUTO, Mozambique’s Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has charged former justice minister Abdurremane Lino de Almeida with abuse of office and payment of undue remunerations, according to media reports here.

Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily, Noticias, quoted a source in the Kampfumo district court in Maputo city, where Almeida will be tried, as saying that the former minister is accused of paying the sum of 1.78 million meticais (about 28,400 US dollars at current exchange rates, but worth considerably more in 2015 when the payments were made).

The money was used to pay for three citizens from the northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula to make the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The three travelled to Mecca and stayed there for 21 days, all at the cost of the Mozambican State, although none of them had any contractual ties with the State.

Almeida was appointed Minister of Justice and Constitutional and Religious Matters in January 2015. President Filipe Nyusi sacked him in March 2016, by which time the GCCC was already investigating his alleged crimes.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK