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Mozambique: former water officials arrested for corruption

Updated - Wednesday 07 November 2012

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 / allAfrica.com, 04 Apr 2012

Related websites:

Source:

  • Mozambique: Former Water Supply Officials Arrested, Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique/allAfrica.com, 02 Nov 2012
  • Diário de Moçambique, Gabinete de Combate à Corrupção prende ex-directores regional e financeiro do FIPAG, @Verdade, 01 Nov 2012

Tags: corruption, financing, fipag, governance, mozambique, transparency, water privatisation


 

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