When former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang was arrested at Johannesburg airport during the festive season, it triggered a political crisis ahead of the country’s elections later this year. Chang was detained over alleged secret loans to state companies totalling $2bn in a widening scandal that is set to shake the Frelimo party that has governed since 1975. In custody, he is due back in court in Johannesburg on Friday over a US request for SA to extradite him on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. The case could blow open the extent of government corruption in Mozambique, which relies on donor aid and is one of the world’s poorest countries. “This is the biggest crisis in the Frelimo party,” said Adriano Nuvunga, professor of political science at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. “There is no longer one Frelimo. There are many Frelimos.” Nuvunga predicted that President Filipe Nyusi would still lead Frelimo to election vic...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now