Nurturing relations with the leading Gulf power is an absolute necessity for all African presidents seeking financial and political support in the Arab world. To develop their lines of communications with the Wahhabi monarchy, African heads of state choose personalities of the first order.
The governor of Cabo Delgado, Valige Tauabo, has set up a new entity to channel public funds to his province to stimulate the economy and combat the ongoing insurrection. But the new public company will also serve to enhance the governor's personal influence.
Defence firms Dyck Advisory Group and Paramount have cornered the counter-insurgency market in Mozambique. Paramount will provide the army with ground an air support, while Dyck is extending his collaboration with the police. Both are due to heavily equip Mozambique's forces.
President Filipe Nyusi is unhappy with the approach to containing the insurrection in Cabo Delgado proposed by Dyck Advisory Group and its subcontractors, the arms trader Panzer Logistics and the private security firm STTEP International.
After being bottom on the list of the Frelimo government's concerns since the development of the giant Rovuma Basin gas reserves began in 2010, local content is creeping back up in the pecking order. The question now is whether it