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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday urged tighter vigilance against the criminals who have carried out terrorist attacks in several districts in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Speaking to a crowd in Memba district, in the neighbouring province of Nampula, where he inaugurated a new district hospital, Nyusi said that vigilance against those he called “enemies of the people” should begin inside the family.
He urged the residents of Memba to be on the lookout for people who were trying to entice children and young people with false promises of jobs in Cabo Delgado.
“Do not allow children to be recruited by people of bad faith”, he urged. Addressing young people specifically, Nyusi said “don’t let yourselves be deceived by people who are using religious pretexts. Some of them are from outside Mozambique”.
The Cabo Delgado insurgents use some of the language and tactics of Islamic fundamentalists. Among those who have been detained by the defence and security forces are Tanzanian and Somali citizens. The group is known locally as “Al Shabaab”, although it does not seem to have any direct connection with the Somali terrorist organisation of that name.
Nyusi told the crowd that recently vigilance allowed people in Cabo Delgado to neutralise a group of the would-be terrorists. “These are youths who were recognised by the local people”, he said. “Young people should study, and should not be deceived by those who want to harm Mozambique”.
The President said his government has been gradually undertaking actions to improve the quality of life of Mozambicans.
“Today we are inaugurating the district hospital and the Memba water supply system, and we shall continue to work to improve the road from here to Nacala-a-Velha”, he said. “We also have a memorandum with a bank which at any moment will begin to build a branch here”. (This is part of the government’s drive to ensure that there is at least one bank branch in each of the country’s 152 districts).Source: AIM