Mozambique president gives Benz back

2014-09-30 21:11

Maputo - Mozambique's president has returned a luxury Mercedes-Benz given to him by a business association, admitting on Tuesday that the gift was a violation of the country's public probity laws.

Following public outrage at news that Armando Guebuza had received the keys to a $100 000  luxury sedan at a swanky gala dinner last week, his office told AFP the car had been returned.

"After having accepted the gift on this occasion, the head of state asked for the legality of the act to be verified," a statement said.

After being told he could run afoul of the law, Guebuza "declined it and gave the car back".

The Confederation of Business Associations said that by giving Guebuza the Mercedes S350 wrapped in a red ribbon it had meant only to "give him something to remember us by".

Guebuza, 71, is set to step down after elections in October, having served two terms allowed by the constitution.

Critics have long accused him of using his position to amass a large business portfolio, with interests ranging from telecoms, ports, fisheries, construction and the media.

Guebuza came to power in 2004 vowing to "combat poverty" yet roughly half of Mozambique's population still lives on less than $1 a day.

  • Victor Thola Moloto - 2014-09-30 21:24

    if u come to my country i wil vote 4u 2b my president...

      Nico van der Merwe - 2014-10-01 05:16

      No wonder the arms deal guys and Russia nuclear chose to rather deal with ANC and not Mozamique. You can lose serious money trading with more honest people!

      Michael Kleber - 2014-10-01 07:02

      Bra Jakes gives nothing back just takes more .

      Pat Riot - 2014-10-01 08:49

      Worthy of the title of President....unlike thieving double dome !

      Henk Brand - 2014-10-01 09:07

      I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I won't be surprised if the car is just on hold till after the October elections.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:25

      In our country, if you don't give me a luxury car with millions I won't give you any tender

      Beicime Olfsun - 2014-10-01 11:18

      It's a show off. He and family have got shares in almost every big business in Mozambique.

  • laudenkirk - 2014-09-30 21:27

    Hail to you my friend. God will bless you. Lead your country into a new era of success.

      Geronimo Feather - 2014-09-30 23:52

      Dude, read the whole article. He is stepping down after elections to be held this October. More importantly, he initially accepted the vehicle but only returned it after it caused public outrage. Surely he should have declined the vehicle from the very start as the gift was unlawful? Having already served 2 terms as president, you would expect him to know by now it was unlawful...

      Eric Moneyvalu - 2014-10-01 05:40

      BUT he returned it. Thats like saying im sorry i made a mistake please take it back. Out one will never do that.

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-09-30 21:31

    Zuma would have said he didn't ask for it.

      Rocky Bell - 2014-10-01 03:47

      ".........give back the Mercedes, give back the Mercedes!!!"

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:25

      Yep, he didn't ask for all 7? Of his wives to be bought with a new suv

  • Peter Webb - 2014-09-30 21:31

    zuma Take note

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:27

      ZUMA is taking notes, don't ever deal with Mozambique president, he won't bribe

  • dawn.kilian - 2014-09-30 21:32

    Geez that's what we need... Maybe u can teach ZUMA ....

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:28

      Ajman snprobably laughing behind him, thinking that this man is a fool

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:29

      ZUMA probably wanted to teach him, next time just say you didn't ask for it or you didn't know about it.

  • Renegade - 2014-09-30 21:32

    @maboko well said!!

  • Joe Black - 2014-09-30 21:38

    Even a broken clock works twice a day.

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-09-30 21:41

    Wow our president wont give the R246m back.

      Jacko Superb - 2014-10-01 09:28

      He didn't ask for it hahahaha

  • Bradly Minnaar - 2014-09-30 21:43

    Zuma would be driving it with the window dowb screaming I didn't ask for it as he drives by

  • - 2014-09-30 21:44

    Zuma would have said he didn't know about the "gift" and how each member of his family also got one. And the anc would have backed him all the way

  • Gift Sithole - 2014-09-30 21:45


  • Weetabix - 2014-09-30 22:11

    He is still a corrupt twaaat. Read people!!!

  • Had Enuf - 2014-09-30 22:15

    Haha, Showerhead would have given it to one of his wives and demanded another one for himself.

  • Grandy Momanyi - 2014-09-30 22:22

    Interesting indeed. How I wish we could follow his action

  • nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-30 22:26

    Well done...leading by example!!

      nandipha.pepu - 2014-09-30 22:30

      Still a lot more to do though

      Charles A. - 2014-10-01 06:43

      What example Sis?. How many lives has this man changed for the better since coming into office? He may not be as corrupt as Zuma but is just as ineffective if not worse.

  • Clement Manqele - 2014-09-30 22:34

    Wow ,? How about JZ?

  • Wynand Smit996 - 2014-09-30 22:37

    I take my hat off to him! Won't happen in RSA, for sure.

  • Cindy Momberg Kelley - 2014-10-01 03:41

    Good Lord ! He is CLEARLY NO NO NO NO family , friend, or foe of Zuma or quite frankly ANY member of South African parliament!? Way to go! A man with MORRALS in AFRICA ! Imagine that!?

      Rocky Bell - 2014-10-01 03:50

      Wasn't it for pressure he wouldn't have given it back. It's Efrika my dear....

  • Jimfo Lungisani Zondi - 2014-10-01 04:13

    Reading in depth the article, it was a strategic move on his path. At least he still care about his image, though behind doors we not sure if it is a 'wait for the right moment' move. African leaders have always potrayed a questionable ethics.

  • Dan Steel - 2014-10-01 06:06

    Nobody cares in Africa. This guy could afford to let the Merc go because he drives one to work everyday plus his business portfolio looks healthy. So to me he's like a behemoth Anglo American, carrying out social responsibility projects for publicity, then underpaying miners and mining the heck out of the reefs for export with zero local value add.

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  • Charles A. - 2014-10-01 06:39

    Useless president. Has achieved very little since assuming office. If it were not for the South African tourists who spend millions in his country he would have even less to reflect on.

      David Cossa - 2014-10-01 20:51

      Please Sir, South african tourists do not spend millions here. They pay everthing in SA and bring even a candle.

      David Cossa - 2014-10-01 20:51

      Please Sir, South african tourists do not spend millions here. They pay everthing in SA and bring even a candle.

  • Johnny August - 2014-10-01 06:39

    if it was Zuma he could have not known of this particular gift and therefore he wouldn't return it and the ANC would have said that's ridiculous and it is a political conspiracy in order to tarnish the image of the president

      Wullie Mack - 2014-10-02 23:07

      Pres Teflon would say if he had to hand it back it would be a white thing..

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2014-10-01 06:48

    And so he should, rural people are staving, sell the car and feed the poor there are many.

  • Aqua BlueAfrica - 2014-10-01 07:18

    my sentiments exactley @Louise sell the damn thing and give it to the poor. .TAKE HEED subzerozuma and his useless CancER government

  • Knowit All - 2014-10-01 07:30

    He wants a Ferrari.

  • Brad Saunders - 2014-10-01 07:44

    In Africa in this day and age. We should introduce him to the rest of Africa's leaders.

  • Lunetic Mental - 2014-10-01 08:06

    you will never see this happen in SA

  • Daniel Mogale733 - 2014-10-01 08:22

    I just pray that our government can see......On the other hand Praveen was removed from his position as minister of finance so that he couldn't undo the wrongs.

  • Bo Xadi - 2014-10-01 08:36

    Honest President, unlike Jacob Zuma

      Charles A. - 2014-10-01 08:47

      You obviously walk around with blinkers all day?

  • Charles A. - 2014-10-01 08:50

    Mr Guebuza, a millionaire businessman, is under pressure to provide poor Mozambicans with the benefits of tourism and untapped mineral and energy resources that have started to draw foreign investors, particularly from neighbouring South Africa. And Guebuza, who made his fortune in the energy, transport and port industries, faces the new challenge of accommodating a new generation that was not born in the liberation struggle nor the 16-year civil war against Renamo. He was a member of Frelimo's armed wing and played a leading role in Mozambique's struggle for independence. As a former interior minister in 1975 he ordered the expulsion of Portuguese citizens from the country.

  • Mukanya - 2014-10-01 10:06

    At least he returned the car and at least he will step down after the 2 year term. As I write I think of one who has been perched there at the summit of power for more than 30 years and no end of his rule is insight.

  • The Illuminated One - 2014-10-01 10:14

    Well done!!!!

  • John Stoltz - 2014-10-01 10:32

    Armando, we as honest South Africans salute you!! Indeed a man with integrity of note!! You have set a fine example of how a Statesman must conduct himself, and that is why there is not a match for you in the RSA ANC leadership!!

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-10-01 11:19

    Oh right? Believing this much?

  • argie.kgomo - 2014-10-01 11:37

    Only those serving and having people's interests at heart can do that,If our neighbors can do that,why not SA!!

  • Kevinwilliams - 2014-10-01 11:59

    Thank You sir for being an example to Africa and the world.

  • Rui Obed Muchenga - 2014-10-01 12:32

    You point is?

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-10-01 12:36

    i didn't ask for it. Zum...Zum?

  • Desmond Hermans - 2014-10-02 16:14

    Zuma should adhere to this he will look like a pauper

  • Michael McN - 2014-10-02 17:20

    Listen carefully when politicians make promises. Guebuza came to office in 2004 vowing to "combat poverty." He fought poverty bravely and now he is not poor! Promise kept. Next time ask "whose poverty?"

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