Mozambique: Two more detained for allegedly misusing public funds

Mozambique’s public prosecution on Tuesday announced two further people were detained for allegedly misusing public funds, which recently led the country’s former labour minister, Helena Taipo, to be detained, the legal body said.

The two people will be presented to the judge and the public prosecution office continues to pursue the execution of other arrest warrants for others accused and whose whereabouts are unknown, according to the note.

Mozambique’s former minister of labour Helena Taipo and Lúcio Sambana, the son of Fernando Saubana, former minister of tourism and of youth and sports, were detained last week under the investigation into the mishandling of funds from the National Institute of Social Security (INSS).

Sambana was later released on bail.

The detentions come at a time when the government is increasing its efforts to combat corruption, with several divisions linked to the governing Frelimo party having been detained for allegedly being involved in the country’s hidden debt scandal.