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Filipe Nhussi

Minister of National Defence
Assumed office 
March 27, 2008
Preceded by Tobias Joaquim Dai

Nationality Mozambican
Profession Engineer

Filipe Jacinto Nhussi (born 1958 or 1959)[1] is an engineer and the current defence minister of Mozambique.



Born in Namau in Mueda District, Cabo Delgado Province, Nhussi studied mechanical engineering in Czechoslovakia and management at the University of Manchester in England.[2] He received further training in management in India, South Africa, Swaziland, and the United States.[3]

Prior to his appointment to the cabinet by President Armando Guebuza, Nhussi worked for the state-owned Mozambique Ports and Railways authority (CMF). He became executive director of CMF-Norte, the northern division of the company, in 1995,[4][5] and joined the company's board of directors in 2007.[1]

From 1993 to 2002, Nhussi served as President of Clube Ferroviário de Nampula,[6] a top-division football club based in Nampula. He is also a lecturer at the Nampula campus of the Universidade Pedagógica,[3] a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative,[6] and a member of the National Committee of Fighters of the National Liberation Struggle (Portuguese: Comité Nacional dos Combatentes da Luta de Libertação Nacional).[2]


Ministry appointment

Nhussi assumed public office on March 27 2008, succeeding Tobias Joaquim Dai.[7] Nhussi's appointment came almost exactly one year after a fire and resulting explosions of munitions at the Malhazine armoury in Maputo killed more than 100 people and destroyed 14,000 homes. A government-appointed investigative commission concluded that negligence played a role in the disaster, and Dai "was blamed by many for failing to act on time to prevent the loss of life".[8] Although no official reason was given for Dai's removal, it may have been a "delayed reaction" to the Malhazine disaster.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Mozambique: Guebuza Sacks Defence Minister". 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  
  2. ^ a b "Filipe Nhussi toma hoje posse como Ministro da Defesa". Imensis. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-04-20.  (Portuguese)
  3. ^ a b "Filipe Nhussi". The Indian Ocean Newsletter. 2008-03-29.  
  4. ^ "Mozambique; Train Crash Caused By Negligence". 2002-10-05.  
  5. ^ "Mozambique". Africa South of the Sahara (33rd edition ed.). Europa Publications. 2003. pp. 741–68. ISBN 978-1-85743-183-4. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  
  6. ^ a b "List of Fellows". Africa Leadership Initiative. TechnoServe. Retrieved 2008-04-20.  
  7. ^ "Mozambique: New Ministers Sworn in". 2008-03-27. Retrieved 2008-04-18.  
  8. ^ "Mozambique defence minister axed a year after arms depot tragedy". International News Service. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  


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