Mozambique’s Debt Scam: Former Intelligence Director Arrested
February 15, 2019 | Brainwave Science
Mozambique’s Debt Scandal has taken a new turn. Antonio Carlos do Rosario, former director of Mozambique’s intelligence unit, was arrested alongside Teofilo Nhangumele, the chairman of state-run Proindicus, Ematum and Mozambique Asset Management, the police source said. At the heart of the debt scandal in Mozambique are the government officials who contracted secret loans from the London branches of banks Credit Suisse and Russia’s VTB bank. The $2 billion of loans were given in 2013 but mostly did not come to light until 2016. The loans were guaranteed by then Finance Minister Manuel Chang but were not approved by the Mozambique parliament. Following that FBI started an investigation on European Banks for Allegedly Aiding Corruption in Mozambique.
Five people, including the ex-head of Mozambique’s intelligence services and the chairman of three firms linked to the country’s $2bn debt scandal, have been arrested in Mozambique. “Acting on the order of the Attorney General’s Office… we made the arrests of five people,” the police source told Reuters by phone, without giving the reason for the arrests. “I cannot give you further details,” he said.
The US had asked South Africa to provisionally arrest Chang over his alleged involvement in financial crimes totaling $2bn (R27.8bn). Chang was detained at OR Tambo International Airport on December 29, 2018, while he was making his way to Dubai. The former finance minister will now have to wait to hear whether he will be extradited to the US when he returns to court on February 26. With a colorful group of actors getting arrested in this case with charges ranging from conspiracy to commit wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering the case has unfolded a new twist with the most recent arrest.
What is the price that Mozambique has to pay for the widespread corruption in the country? What are the costs of corruption for the Mozambican economy, the state, and its people? -The majority of Mozambicans want a corruption-free society, but they are tied hand and foot by a system that a few, very influential, individuals benefit from, says Jan Isaksen, senior researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI).
Poverty and Corruption are interlinked, and such dire circumstances are feeding grounds for public unrest, crime, and more corruption. This becomes a vicious unending cycle. Despite two decades of experience in attempting to address corruption through development aid policy and practice, the best means of tackling various corruption challenges is still contested. Recent meta-studies focused on anti-corruption effectiveness suggest that solutions must fit specific contextual circumstances and that answers to developing country corruption problems may be both within and outside the countries themselves. Financial corruption at such an international level with crimes involving such high-profile players are always a challenge to address.
Especially when those accused include three former Credit Suisse Bankers, employees of state-run companies, former finance minister of Mozambique and most recently Mozambique’s ex-intelligence head. The chain of corruption and crime has been suspected to have links all the way to ex-private secretary to former president Armando Guebuza. It is a challenge when those who are entrusted to govern themselves become robbers looting the land and the citizens they pledged to represent and protect. Fortunately, anti-corruption laws do not end at the border. Dozens of countries have made it a criminal offense to bribe foreign public officials.
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