Mozam­bique, drugs cause for worry

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

MA­PUTO: The US is concerned that Mozam­bique could be­come a drug state be­cause of close ties be­tween drug smug­glers and the coun­try’s govern­ment, ac­cord­ing to US em­bassy ca­bles re­leased by Wik­iLeaks.

The four ca­bles re­leased this week cite un­named of­fi­cials from law en­force­ment, the rul­ing Fre­limo party and busi­ness fig­ures, as well as lo­cal me­dia re­ports. The ca­bles say co­caine, heroin and other drugs come in from South Amer­ica and Asia, and are flown to Europe or sent to South Africa for sale.

One cable called for an in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to strengthen the “po­lit­i­cal will” of Mozam­bique’s govern­ment and halt the drug flow. The doc­u­ment con­cluded that “Mozam­bique most cer­tainly is not yet a thor­oughly cor­rupted narco-state.”

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