Downplaying Mozambique attacks will not comfort investors

By ignoring the significance of the attacks in northern Mozambique, the government shows a lack of preparedness for the major social upheaval LNG projects will bring By ignoring the significance of the attacks in northern Mozambique, the government shows a lack of preparedness for the major social upheaval LNG projects will bring.
By The Wildcat 10 November 2017 0 28330
Mocimboa da Praia, close to the planned L Mocimboa da Praia, close to the planned LNG project site. (A Verdade, Flickr)

Mozambique’s government is keen to downplay the impact of a series of attacks in October against police by a militant group in Mocimboa da Praia, a coastal port town close to the planned LNG project site. 

However, ignoring their significance is risky. By refusing to acknowledge that there could be a political motivation behind the attacks, the state is missing an opportunity to address local tensions at a point when they could still be effectively managed.

“They were sporadic attacks that had nothing to do with...

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