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Military attachés from seven countries accredited to Mozambique recently visited military facilities in the vicinity of Maputo, and historical sites and economic enterprises in Gaza province.
The tour, coordinated by the Office of Attachés, began with a visit to the Mozambique Navy’s School of Marines in Catembe, where school commander Captain Castelo Francisco explained that the establishment was founded to train marines, but, with the passage of time, had also undertaken the training of students at the Nampula Military Academy and the Sargentos Training School in Maputo.
In peacetime, school personnel grow their own food and assist the local population in health matters.
The attachés’ group next went to Gaza Province to visit sites of historical interest and economic enterprises.
They visited the village of Xilembene, where Samora Machel, the first president of independent Mozambique, was born. The Machel family moved there after the construction of the first administrative post by the colonial administration in 1957.
The visitors, from Angola, China, Bostswana, Zimbabwe, the United States and Brazil, visited two monuments, one dedicated to Josina Machel and another to Samora Machel himself, and learned about Samora’s contribution to the struggle for national liberation.
Also in Gaza, the attachés visited Tchaimite, the capital of the ancient Gaza empire and home of their king, Ngungunhane.
They then visited the site where houses are being built for people displaced by the Chibuto heavy sands mine, a Chinese enterprise about 30 kilometres distant from Chibuto city.Source: Rádio Moçambique