Mozambique: Round up all the Usual Suspects

Hanlon, Joseph (2003). Mozambique: Round up all the Usual Suspects. Review of African Political Economy, 30(98) pp. 653–654.



In the famous 1942 Humphrey Bogart film 'Casablanca', Bogart shoots a Nazi official while the police chief is standing next to him; then the chief telephones his own headquarters and says 'The major has been shot; round up all the usual suspects'. And we all laugh, because the Nazis are the bad guys. In Mozambique, it was the courageous anti-corruption fighter Siba-Siba who was shot. But the donors have again made clear that, as in Casablanca, they are happy to simply 'round up all the usual suspects' and let the murderer go free.

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