On 8 May, the Daily Maverick posed this question in a detailed article, saying that insurgents in northern Mozambique may be positioning themselves to reap greater profits.  It says that illicit trade in the north of the country has capitalised on and fostered corruption at all levels of government.  There are drugs, human trafficking, high-value hardwood timber and gold and rubies that are, or can be, involved.  One intriguing element is the flow of “rough” rubies (uncut gems sold by artisanal miners), following the discovery of ruby deposits in 2009.


If you’d like to help to contribute to the cost of the new laptop and desktop I have had to acquire, now that I am 5,000 miles away from my originals –

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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