Mozambique: Former provincial governor and minister of public works Felicio Zacarias has died

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Mozambique: Former provincial governor and minister of public works Felicio Zacarias has died
Mozambique: Former provincial governor and minister of public works Felicio Zacarias has died

Africa-PressMozambique. Former governor of the provinces of Manica and Sofala and Minister of Public Works and Housing, Felicio Zacarias, died on Monday night.

A source close to the matter told O País that the former government official lost his life at home in Maputo after a battle with bone cancer that had left him very fragile.

Felício Zacarias entered government under Joaquim Chissano as Governor of Manica province and later as Governor of Sofala (2000-2005).

During Armando Guebuza’s first term as President of the Republic, Zacarias was appointed Minister of Public Works and Housing.

While in government, he was a staunch advocate of transparency and good governance, leading anti-corruption efforts personally. In Sofala, Zacarias brought down networks that had infiltrated the government and set up schemes for over-invoicing in public works, and refused to inaugurate several infrastructure projects on the grounds of their dubious quality.

He was a staunch adversary of illegal logging and police corruption.

In his tenure as governor of Sofala province, the education sector was without a provincial director for several months because Felício Zacarias refused to swear into office a centrally appointed director without having been consulted, as required by law, a situation which caused some discomfort between himself and the Minister of Education at the time.

He repeatedly directed criticism at the Guebeza government for interfering with his anti-corruption actions.

Felício Zacarias was also known for his informality. He often dismissed protocol and security to visit restaurants, where he was affectionately known as ‘Mano Zaca’.

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