Mozambique’s Labour, Employment and Social Security Minister Vitória Diogo has revoked the work permit of Portuguese national Carlos Nunes with immediate effect over allegations of sexual harassment and ill-treatment of employees, the ministry announced on Tuesday.In a statement, the ministry said Nunes worked for Empresa Electromecanicas in the capital Maputo.
“The measure results from the fact that after an investigation, preceded by a complaint, it was confirmed and concluded that Carlos Nunes was involved in acts of sexual harassment and maltreatment in the workplace in a clear violation of the law and the Constitution of the Republic of Mozambique,” the statement said.
It said that following a complaint, Mozambique’s Inspectorate-General of Labour carried out an investigation into the company, which found that the sexual harassment was perpetrated on three employees of the company through telephone and audio messages, an act constituting a flagrant violation of workers’ rights.
With Portugal facing economic challenges, many of its nationals now see its former colony as holding out more prospects than home.
The vast majority of them, around 20,000 according to some reports, base themselves in Maputo, where the majority of business opportunities exist.