18 February 2019

Mozambique: Five Arrests and One Dismissal in Secret Debt Case

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Mozambicans Against Corruption

Five of the key people in the secret debt case were arrested yesterday and are being held in preventive detention. They are:

  • Gregorio Leao - director general of the security services, SISE, at the time of the secret debt.
  • Antonio Carlos Rosario - head of economic intelligence for SISE and head of the three SISE companies that contracted the loans - Proindicus, MAM and Ematum.
  • Ines Moiane - personal secretary to then President Armando Guebuza.
  • Teofilo Nhangumele - said to be the local fixer who organised the loans on the Mozambican side. (see this newsletter 431, 9 Jan)
  • Bruno Tandane - identified by Carta do Dia (15 Feb) as a member of SISE and an old friend and business partner of Armando Guebuza's son Armando Ndambi. Carta calls him "a frequent guest of the then presidential family." Carta adds that he recently married "with grand pomp and inordinate circumstance" with Teofilo Nhangumele as best man. He went on trips to France accompanied by Guebuza's sons Ndambi and Mussumbuluko as part of the Ematum fishing boats deal. His uncle Julio Tandane manages some of the Guebuza businesses, says Carta.

According to Carta, Leao, Rosario and Moiana are accused for receiving millions of dollars directly from Privinvest and using the money to buy luxury apartments in Maputo and abroad.

The United States has charged three people in the case. Former Finance Minister Manuel Chang, currently be held in South Africa pending an extradition hearing, and two others so far unnamed. The Public Integrity Centre (CIP) has named them as Rosario and Nhangumele

The five were part of the 20 named as "arguidos" (formally accused but not yet charged, in the Mozambican/Portuguese legal system) by the public prosecutor a year ago. They were arrested yesterday (Thursday 14 Feb) and can be held for 48 hours before being brought before a magistrate. Two luxury cars of Nhangumele were also seized.

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