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Mozambique: former water officials arrested for corruption

Posted on November 6, 2012 by dietvorst

Mozambique’s anti-corruption agency GCCC has arrested the former director and financial administrator of the central regional office of the government’s Water Supply Investments and Assets Fund (FIPAG).

José Duarte and Henriques Leonardo were expelled from FIPAG in mid-2011, but it apparently took over a year to compile the case against them.

Duarte is accused of creating a private water supply company, Recta, which competed with FIPAG to supply water to ships in Beira port.

The activities of Duarte and Leonardo are said to have caused FIPAG losses of 37 million meticais [US$ 1.23 million].
The IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre is supporting Cowater Consultores Lda. to develop an appropriate anti-corruption strategy and plan with the Direcção Nacional de Águas (DNA) in Mozambique [1].

In April 2012, the government decreed that FIPAG would outsource water distribution to the private sector and restrict its activities financing and managing water assets [2].

[1] Developing a water anti-corruption strategy in Mozambique, IRC, 29 Nov 2011
[2] Mozambique: government relaunches water supply privatisation, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique /, 04 Apr 2012

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And in the meantime the people still suffer; carrying water in buckets for their daily needs, not for profit. For most it is about survival, for some it is only about money. It is sad. When I hear storie like this I sometimes wish I could install water tanks at these rural villages and let the people harvest their own rainwater. It should be sufficient for their daily needs and at least they can continue living whilst those in charge focus on profit only.

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