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Former president forced to testify in son’s corruption trial

Mozambique’s former President Armando Guebuza has given evidence in a huge corruption trial in which his son is an accused.

Armando Guebuza’s 10-year rule ended in 2015 (archive photo)

Mr Guebuza – who is the first former president to take the witness stand in a court case in the country – defended his government’s decision to secretly borrow $2bn (£1.48) to finance a fishing fleet.

The power cut out several times during his testimony, which was broadcast live on local television channels, Oyet Mediatech Reports.

Mr Guebuza, 79, said he had acted because of a threat to national security. He then told the court not to dwell on defence matters as it was not in their remit.

His son, Ndambi, is one of 19 defendants on trial, accused of diverting $500m from the loan, which was not declared to the Mozambican parliament.

He has denied charges that he took bribes to persuade his father to approve the maritime deal and facilitate the secret loans.

When the loans came to light, international donors cut off financial support, sparking a sovereign debt default and currency collapse.

By Gen. Frank L'Oyet

A Ugandan Media Proprietor, Software Engineer, Creative Technologist and Investigative Journalist