Maputo — The opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) on Wednesday announced its candidates for mayor in the seven municipalities in the northern province of Nampula, at a ceremony chaired by the party's general secretary, Luis Boavida, according to a report in Thursday's issue of the independent daily "O Pais".
In the largest of these municipalities, Nampula City, the MDM candidate is Mahamudo Amurane, a businessman, who is the brother of the Minister in the Presidency for Parliamentary and Municipal Matters, Adelaide Amurane.
Amurane declared that he is running for mayor to save Nampula from what he described as the "disastrous governance" of the ruling Frelimo Party.
"The real motivation of my candidacy has to do with the need for good governance in this city", he said. "The people feel, not only in Nampula, but in Mozambique in general, that governance is a serious problem. In this city only the MDM can change the course of events for the better".
For the province's second largest city, the port of Nacala, the MDM candidate is Fatima Reane Couto, who works for a local commercial establishment.
Running for mayor of Mozambique Island is Abdul Rahimo Adbul Satar, a former member of the man opposition party, Renamo, who was councillor for Administration and Finance, when the island was under a Renamo local administration, from 2003 to 2008.
In the other four Nampula municipalities, the MDM candidates are Luis Aonaquina (in Ribaue), Faruque Abdula (Angoche), Zeferino Joao (Monapo) and Francisco Jamal (Malema).
"O Pais" also claims that university lecturer and researcher (in anthropology), Silverio Ronguane, will be the MDM candidate for mayor of the southern city of Matola, although the party has not yet officially announced his name - and when the paper phoned him up, Ronguane denied that he was a candidate.
The ruling Frelimo Party has not yet announced any of its candidates, since elections within the party are still taking place. But one thing which seems quite certain is that Frelimo will not be standing Cesar de Carvalho for a further term as mayor of the western city of Tete.
Carvalho is in serious legal trouble, since the Central Office for the Fight against Corruption (GCCC) has charged him with crimes of abuse of power and making false statements. If found guilty, Carvalho could be sentenced to up to eight years imprisonment.
The alleged crimes concern Carvalho's supposed attribution of plots of land to himself, and of using three Tete city councillors to allocate a further 12 plots. The total amount of land concerned covers 43 hectares.
Carvalho had been one of five people hoping to become the Frelimo candidate for mayor of Tete in this year's municipal elections. The Frelimo internal elections will take place on 4-5 October.
But the list of names was sent in advance to the Party's Political Commission, as is standard procedure, and the Political Commission vetoed Carvalho.
Frelimo has been trying to get rid of Carvalho for some time. According to "O Pais", Carvalho received a letter from the Minister of State Administration, Carmelita Namashalua, two months ago, ordering him to resign. He refused.