Author Hélio Filimone and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi during the launch of the book "A Grande Corrupção"

Mozambique: 46 billion meticais diverted in the last 10 years in state coffers

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Author Hélio Filimone and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi during the launch of the book "A Grande Corrupção"
Author Hélio Filimone and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi during the launch of the book “A Grande Corrupção”

More than 46 billion meticais ($736,162,535.8) have been diverted in the last 10 years (2008-2018) from the Mozambican state coffers, according to data from the Central Office for Combating Corruption (Gabinete Central de Combate à Corrupção, GCCC).

The data made public indicate that 2017 is the year in which the state was most harmed, with a diversion of more than 610 million meticais (the dollar is worth 62 meticais), while in 2016 it was recorded the second largest diamond with the disappearance of state coffers of more than 459 million meticais, after more than 222 million were stolen in 2011.

However, the work done by the Central Office to Combat Corruption has made it possible to recover more than 96 million meticais from the more than 46 billion displaced from 2008 to 2018.

‘The fight against corruption is the duty of everyone..’

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said on Monday that the fight against corruption was the duty of everyone, encouraging Mozambican citizens to opt for the denunciation.

“The fight against corruption is not only a problem of the Government or the organs of justice. We all have to fight against this evil, each one in his sector, “he said, adding that ” we would like everyone in his industry to report cases of corruption every time. ”

Nyusi was speaking during the launch of the book “A Grande Corrupção” by the Mozambican journalist Hélio Filimone.

Nyusi denied the narrative that cases of corruption have been increasing in the country.

“Some people say that there is a lot of corruption now in Mozambique, we will not deny it. But also believe that the work that is being done is bringing this flow of cases. ”

Over the 10 years, the anti-corruption bureau has handled more than 8,000 cases, arrested over 1,300 individuals involved in corruption and seized various vehicles and real estate.

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