President Nyusi's latest reshuffles within the Mozambican security apparatus were carried out to prepare for the ruling Frelimo party congress scheduled for next September. The congress will be all about choosing Nyusi's successor, but the party's powerful central committee will also hold him accountable for his handling of the Cabo Delgado crisis.
Jean Paul Rutagarama is actively involved in the mining industry and has followed in Paul Kagame's footsteps in Maputo, having already signed a partnership in gold refining with Kinshasa, thanks to the Rwandan head of state.
Since arriving in power in 2015, President Filipe Nyusi has little by little restructured his diplomatic corps, which serves as a vital tool for conveying to the international community justification for the army's lack of results in the conflict-hit region of Cabo Delgado.
The speedy start of Rwandan army operations in Cabo Delgado has finally enabled Mozambique to reclaim the territories it had lost. The government's other military partners were not given the same opportunities to bring their troops into the conflict so quickly, however, and are struggling to establish contact with Mozambican army command structure which has been entirely reorganised by Filipe Nyusi.