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President Paul Kagame in Mozambique




Rwandan President Paul Kagame has today kicked off his two-day working visit in Pemba, Mozambique. The visit will end tomorrow September 25.

On his first day, President Kagame is expected to address close to a thousand members of the Rwanda Defense Forces and the Rwanda National Police who are currently in the country and working with the Mozambican Armed Defense Forces (FADM) and forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Rwandan joint forces are currently deployed in Cabo Delgado Province in North-Eastern Mozambique where they have been successful in liberating several key towns from terrorist groups in collaboration with the Mozambican Armed Defense Forces.

Among the liberated towns is Mocimboa de Prala.

On his working visit, President Kagame will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi after which a bilateral meeting with their delegations will be held.

The two Presidents will as well witness the signing of various bilateral agreements and address a joint press conference.

Tomorrow, President Kagame will, together with Filipe Nyusi attend a Military ceremony for Armed Forces Day at the Pemba Municipal Stadium.

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Mozambique Government Hails Operations By Joint Troops in Cabo Delgado



The Mozambican government has expressed its satisfaction with the advances made by the joint troops in the northern operational theatre, in Cabo Delgado province.

Intense fighting is ongoing in the province plagued by terrorists that have been in control since October 2017.

The minister of National Defence, Jaime Neto made the remarks on Monday in the capital Maputo during the launch of the commemorative week of the Day of the Armed Forces of Defense of Mozambique, which will reach its highest moment on the 25th of September this year.

“The result on the ground is positive. You are seeing the commitment of the Mozambican Defense Armed Forces and the friendly forces on the ground. Persecution is strong but, for us, it satisfies the pace at which things are happening,” the minister said.

He warned that it is still too premature to speak of a possible victory, but he assures that the troops continue to improve their combat strategies, with a view to consolidating the progress on the ground, cornering the terrorists who are currently scattered in some points in the areas of conflict.

However, Jaime Neto noted that there are still many challenges in the northern operational theater, but with the support of foreign troops, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) alert force and the Rwandan army, enemies are losing ground.

For liberated areas, the situation allows the safe return of displaced populations to their villages.

“As you know, the force is already far from the starting point. For example, we have already left the Awasse area, covering the whole of Mocímboa da Praia, as far as Palma,” he stressed.

As part of the commemorations for the week of September 25, the minister urged the FDS to give all its efforts to the elimination of terrorism in Mozambique and the actions of the self-proclaimed Junta Militar da Renamo, the largest opposition party, which constitute the largest threats to security and sovereignty.

In turn, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM), Joaquim Mangrasse, assured that the Mozambican forces will continue to fight on land, sea and air to protect the territorial integrity and security of the people.

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Rwanda Army Chief Of Staff Visists Mozambique



Rwanda Defence Force Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Lt Gen Mubarakh Muganga is on a 4-day visit to Rwandan Forces deployed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Upon arrival at Mocimboa da Praia yesterday, the ACOS was welcomed by the Joint Force Commander, Maj Gen Innocent Kabandana who briefed him about the progress of military operations against terror groups in Cabo Delgado.

Lt Gen Muganga met Rwandan troops and commended them for the good work done since their arrival in Mozambique.

He further conveyed a message of appreciation from the RDF Commander-in-Chief, President Paul Kagame, for the security achievements gained since the Force’s arrival in Cabo Delgado.

The ACOS urged the Forces to keep the momentum and continue to be good ambassadors of Rwanda.

Rwandan troops in collaboration with Mozambican Forces fought and dislodged the terror groups from several towns including their main bases in MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA and other localities that include among others AWASSE, PALMA, QUIONGA, CHINDA, MBAU, MAPALANGANHA, TETE, NJAMA, QUELIMANE and most recently SIRI I and SIRI II considered to be their strongholds.

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Know Why Young Mozambicans Join Terrorism Groups



Young Mozambicans have for the past decades lacked means of survival and thus ended up recruited into terrorist organisations, General António Hama Thay revealed on Thursday.

Gen. António Hama Thay is an official in the Mozambican military (currently in the reserve). He has held various positions in the Mozambican government, including chief of the air force.

The General explained this Thursday, in Maputo, that the absence of alternatives for survival, coupled with the fact that the different groups that were resettled in the northern region of Cabo Delgado could be treated differently is a factor that determined the involvement of young Mozambicans in the group of extremists, who cause terror in that part of the country.

He noted that since, after the resettlement process, some groups that lived off fishing were in places where they could not carry out activities that they were acustomed to.

According to Hama Thay, the investing companies were not able to create a framework for the integration of local youth in the projects, limiting themselves only to bringing in labour from other regions of the country, even recruiting for professions considered elementary such as carpentry, electricity , plumbing and cooking.

Hama Thay was speaking at a lecture on the theme “Terrorism: Conceptual Analysis and its Historicity”, at the launching ceremony of the cycle of lectures on terrorism as a global phenomenon carried out by the UEM.

As a solution, the general considers it essential to create additional programs aimed at young people in Cabo Delgado, highlighting the affected districts and considering mining as an integral part and providing the marketing of minerals at competitive prices, as well as evaluating the possibility of creating more mines with the participation of young people.

Furthermore, young people should be prioritized in economic activity based on youth entrepreneurship. For this, the General says that it will be necessary to invest massively in training aimed at young people in projects that meet the expectations of young people.

“In view of what can be extracted as knowledge about terrorism, it is time for Higher Education Institutions to create a chair on this subject,” he stressed.

The cycle of lectures now launched aims to help understand the phenomenon of terrorism in general, and of our country in particular, with a view to providing subsidies that help to better understand this phenomenon, thus contributing to the national debate on terrorism, with a view to creating a more structured knowledge on the subject.

António Hama Thay holds a Doctorate and Post-Doctorate in Business Management and Administration from the Commonwealth Open University. Since 2013, he has been a professor at the Faculty of Economics at UEM.

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