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Mozambique’s National Social Security Institute (INSS) in the northern province of Cabo Delgado has announced that it will shortly re-open its services in areas that were previously controlled by islamist terrorists.
This has become possible because last year the Mozambican defence and security forces, assisted by troops from Rwanda and from members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), drove the terrorists out of much of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia districts, including Mocimboa da Praia town.
According to an INSS press release, a team headed by the INSS Cabo Delgado provincial delegate, Chomar Selemane, worked last week in the areas freed from the terrorists to ascertain the reality on the ground, and to meet with the local authorities.
The team received guarantees that the district authorities will assist the INSS in re-establishing its services.
“In Palma, the district administrator, Joao Buchile, received the team which asked for space in which the INSS services can operate, while work goes on to build future premises”, said the release.
Buchile made a house in Palma town available where the INSS can offer its services temporarily. Selemane thanked him, and guaranteed that INSS services will shortly be available again in Palma, after an interruption of about a year (i.e. since the terrorist attack on the town on 24 March 2021).
The INSS was also confident that its services will soon re-open in Mocimboa da Praia, Mueda and Muidumbe.
Last year, the INSS had 110 companies making social security contributions in Palma, and 4,615 of their workers were potential beneficiaries. 13 self-employed workers had joined the system voluntarily, and over 40 people in the district were drawing pensions from the INSS.
In Mocimboa da Praia, where the INSS premises are in an advanced state of decay, the district permanent secretary, Joao Saraiva, accompanied the team as it visited the land where a new INSS district delegation, and a house for its delegate, will be built.