Timber rackets, gas booms in Mozambique

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As the gas industry opens up the north, generals and politicians are smuggling hundreds of tonnes of timber and ivory to China
As the booming trade in smuggled ivory and timber devastates northern Mozambique’s environment, Attorney General Augusto Paulino has launched an investigation into the claimed involvement of Agriculture Minister José Pacheco and his predecessor Tomás Mandlate. Both face accusations of involvement in timber smuggling in cahoots with Chinese companies. Both Pacheco and Mandlate deny all wrong doing. READ MORE
7 June 2013 • Vol 54 – N° 12 • Africa Confidential