Government to reduce Beira
an obvious attempt to curb the influence of Daviz Simango, MDM
presidential candidate and popular mayor of Beira, the government says
it will reduce Beira to one-third its size, taking away 13 or 18 of the
26 neighbourhoods and placing them under administrators appointed by
Although Mozambique has decentralised power
to 53 municipalities, the remaining two-thirds of the country is run by
district administrators appointed by central government.
Decentralization has expanded under the present government, but in
parallel with increasing central control. Cities have "representatives"
of the central government and permanent secretaries have been appointed
at most levels of government with an explicitly political role.
plan was given to the mayor Wednesday 11 June by Joe Cuela Antonio,
state representative in Beira, and Claudina Mazolo, permanent secretary
of Sofala. Mazolo, toldNoticias that the split would definitely take place this year.
is the country's fourth largest city. Based on registration for local
elections last year, the largest cities, in order, are 1. Maputo, 2.
Matola, 3. Nampula, 4. Beira, 5. Chimoio,
6. Tete, 7. Quelimane, and
8 Nacala. Nampula, Beira and Quelimane have MDM mayors and assembly
majorities. The others are governed by Frelimo.