Menzi Ndhlovu | Palma insurrection: A blight on Mozambique's economy

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A child plays in one of the alleys of the port of Paquitequete near Pemba on 29 March 2021, where boats carrying people fleeing attacks in Palma were  expected to land.
A child plays in one of the alleys of the port of Paquitequete near Pemba on 29 March 2021, where boats carrying people fleeing attacks in Palma were expected to land.
PHOTO: Alfredo Zuniga/AFP

The motivation for the latest attack on Palma in northern Mozambique by the al-Sunnah Islamist militant group is unclear. But, as Menzi Ndhlovu writes, it could be as a result of a resource raid or due to counter-insurgency by the Mozambican army, or that the United States had recently blacklisted al-Sunnah.

Mozambique must be ruing its luck.

At a period when the country appeared to be turning the corner from years of an economic crisis brought on by the infamous hidden debt scandal, crippling drought and a devastating series of tropical cyclones, tragedy has struck.

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