Extradited to the US in July, Mozambique's former finance minister is currently awaiting trial. His lawyer recently pleaded for the case to be dismissed, citing difficulties in gaining access to documents and potential witnesses for a speedy trial.
Privinvest, the shipbuilding group controlled by Iskandar Safa, and Alain Vedrine-led Swiss logistics group Navitrans have been fighting for the last four years for control of AMT Cameroun, the former Necotrans subsidiary in Cameroon. All means are good as the ding-dong court and arbitration battle rages on.
Increasingly emerging as one of the leading figures in Maputo's new generation of high-profile businessmen, Fanuel Samuel Paunde is developing his business interests thanks to a solid network which extends to the top echelons of the ruling FRELIMO party.
Former prime minister Luísa Diogo, who assumed a low profile after Nyusi became president, may not have figured in the official photos but she was the one who negotiated Mozambique's inclusion in the G20 public debt repayment moratorium.
Total's arrival in Mozambique in September 2019, which marked a high point in France's efforts to establish its presence in the southern African country, was only the cherry on the cake of a wider-ranging campaign in which French banks and companies were already heavily involved.
The head of maritime logistics specialist Navitrans, Alain Védrine, has had to swoop in to put things back in order at the group's new Mozambican office.