The calendar for the trial of the hidden debts case, which is scheduled to start on 23 August, has been available since last Tuesday night. Out of a total of 87 “summoned” by the Maputo City Judicial Court, among defendants (19) and deponents (68), the highlight goes to the presence of the former Head of State, Armando Emílio Guebuza, who will have the honor of telling the their version of the facts on the last day of hearing the deponents, on October 6th. However, in addition to Armando Guebuza, the list of convened includes eight more prominent figures from the Republic of Mozambique, including former ministers, current ministers and former Banco de Moçambique managers. According to the document consulted by the “Letter”, the political parade will begin on September 14, at 3:00 pm, when judge Efigénio Baptista hears Joana Matsombe, former administrator of Banco de Moçambique, the entity that authorized the contracting of debts, in the amount of 2.2. billion USD. On the following day, 15 September, the Court will hear the former Governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Ernesto Gove, when it is 9:00 am and, at 12:00 pm, Silvina de Abreu, currently administrator  at ​​the BM. Gove is considered one of the key parts of the process, having issued at least four orders authorizing the contracting of debts contracted by the three defaulters (ProIndicus, EMATUM and MAM) between 2013 and 2014.   On October 1st, at 9am At 00 hours, the Court will hear the former Minister of Fisheries, Victor Borges, who led the sector during the second term of Armando Guebuza – it should be noted that one of the dead-end companies (EMATUM) focused on fishing. On the same day, at 2 pm, it will be the turn of Armando Guebuza’s former son-in-law, Zófimo Muiuane, who is incarcerated in the Maximum Security Prison, convicted of killing his wife Valentina Guebuza. On the other hand, the 5th of October is reserved for the hearing of Maria Isaltina Sales Lucas (at 9:00 am), former National Director of the Treasury and Adriano Afonso Maleiane (at 2:00 pm), current Minister of Economy and Finance. On the last day of the hearings, October 6, 2021, in addition to Armando Emílio Guebuza, the Judicial Court of Maputo City will hear Alberto Ricardo Mondlane (at 2:00 pm), then Minister of Interior. It should be noted that Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, current President of the Republic, is the only Minister of the Guebuza era (from the key sectors of contracting hidden debts) who is not on the list of “summoned”. Nyusi, remember, was Minister of National Defense, when contracting the hidden debts. Alberto Mondlane and Atanásio Salvador Mtumuke, his successors, were also not called. (Letter) Source: Mozambican Letter

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