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Granted by the IMF to combat Covid-19

Corruptly used money

  • Considers analyst Adriano Nuvunga

 At a time when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will benefit Mozambique with the second tranche of debt relief, in an amount estimated at around US $ 13.4 million, the coordinator of the Budget Monitoring Forum (FMO), Adriano Nuvunga , considers that the amount donated and the previous amount, granted in the form of a loan, is being used in a corrupt manner.

After the first six-month tranche for the period from April 14 to October 13, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has just decided to release the second tranche of debt relief, about US $ 13.4 million , also for a period of six months.

According to an institutional statement, the IMF clarifies that debt forgiveness was decided under the trust fund for disaster relief and containment, aiming to help Mozambique deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This IMF compliant measure is well regarded by civil society organizations affiliated with the FMO, as the amount in question could be directed towards mitigating the impact of Covid-19 that deeply affects the Mozambican population, with emphasis on the most needy and vulnerable , but in the voice of its coordinator, Adriano Nuvunga, questions the criteria for managing the funds allocated to the country to help deal with the impact of Covid-19, claiming that they are conducive to acts of corruption.

“The money that, at this moment, was donated, even that obtained through an IMF loan, is being used in a corrupt way”, considers Nuvunga, quoted by DW Africa, on Monday.

This social activist, also executive director of the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD), explains that “the Direct Adjustment modality that was contracted and the lack of transparency is leading to great corruption at the level of the main ministries”, he warns, stressing that “The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Works are those who have great values”, he points out.

Debt relief should serve in social protection

Regarding debt relief, Adriano Nuvunga, speaking on behalf of the FMO, a civil society platform that has more than 20 organizations, considers the gesture very important because “if Mozambique had to withdraw this money to make the payment, it would be with much more complicated account situation “, he guarantees.

As for the application of the amount of forgiveness, he argues that the Mozambican government should support the most vulnerable families.

“We have to find a way to give Bolsa Família to the most vulnerable people, to the most needy families. Since Covid-19 hit the country, [these families] have not had any support or any kind of assistance”, he warns Nuvunga.

Mozambique has already passed the 10,000 cumulative positive cases of Covid-19 (registered last Sunday, October 11th), despite being relatively low numbers in relation to other neighboring countries, the national health system tends to remain saturated with hospitalizations due to the weak capacity to offer services and sanitary conditions and deaths are reaching 100. On the other hand, thousands of workers were unemployed because of the pandemic that forced the total or partial closure of several companies.

Since September 7, and for an indefinite period, Mozambique has been in a state of public calamity, which allowed the reopening of several services, after four months in a state of emergency.

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