Cabo Delgado, 17 March, 2022 / 4:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Locals in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province have raised questions concerning the protection of economic interests of senior government officials even as civilians continue to be harassed by militants in the embattled Mozambican region.
Sources who spoke to Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) expressed their bafflement that mineral companies in Cabo Delgado, which are allegedly owned by powerful government officials continue to thrive amid killings, abductions and displacements of innocent civilians.
The sources make reference to Montepuez Ruby Mining (MRM), a company that operates rubies in Northern Mozambique, which has announced that it will increase its production from 200 tons per hour to 400 tons, in an operation budgeted at US$59.6 million.
“Local sources wonder why the ruby mines at Montepuez have never been attacked by insurgents and that the mining of rubies has never been interrupted, even though all the districts that surround Montepuez have been subject to repeated violent attacks,” the peace entity says in a Wednesday, March 16 report shared with ACI Africa.
DHPI notes that villages surrounding MRM, including Mueda, Muidumbe, Meluco and Ancuabe, continue to experience attacks.