Mozambique plans to enforce registration of non-contract mobile phone cards in the wake of the food riots in early September, which left 14 people dead and about 500 injured according to official government figures.

The government maintains that the violent disturbances over the sudden 20 per cent rise in food prices were encouraged by the use of text messages throughout the city. Text messaging services were temporarily suspended during the disorders.

It is estimated that about a quarter of Mozambique