On 15 January Filipe Nyusi will be sworn in for his second and supposedly final term of office as President of Mozambique. How has he done so far? Or more importantly, how has life changed for the ordinary people of Mozambique during the last five years?
The Nyusi Report has carried out a study to see how things have changed for Mozambique in comparison with a peer group of eight other countries. The categories chosen are infant mortality, external debt, productivity relative to the performance of human capital, and finally, wealth and corruption.
The conclusion is that it is hard to say that Filipe Nyusi’s first term has been anything but a disaster for Mozambique:
- It has the equal worst infant mortality rate, along with the lowest rate of improvement.
- On, the so-called Human Capital Index of health and education, Mozambique comes last.
- In terms of debt as a percentage of national income, there’s been a jump of 38% since the President took office.
- GNI is down 33% over the last five years, with Mozambique equal bottom of the peer group.
- The corruption index has slipped further than in any of the group.
The President won a strong mandate in the recent elections, even if some are disputing the fairness and transparency of the process. The Mozambique people, and the world at large, will be watching to see if Nyusi can deliver a considerably better result over next five years than the last. But on past form, they probably shouldn’t hold their breath.
The report is available at: https://nyusi-report.com/latest-news/project-to-monitor-mozambique-president-nyusi-launched/
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