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A joint force integrating various PRM specialities, the Armed Defence Forces of Mozambique and municipal police have affirmed their readiness to ensure that, together with elements of the Pope’s bodyguard, the Pope’s visit will takes place in an orderly, safe and peaceful manner.
Just tomorrow, Pope Francis will disembark at Mavalane International Airport, flying in from Rome to visit from Wednesday to Friday. The country’s defence and security forces say they are ready, and that no threat to the peaceful environment expected to characterise the Pope’s visit to the country will be tolerated.
The announcement was made by the commander of the PRM in the capital of the country.
“We are prepared. Our readiness is at maximum, and we are up to the event. All police specialities have been called, including specialities from the Defence and Security Forces,” the police commander for Maputo City, Fabião Nhancololo, says.
As a security measure, there will be restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol in all locations relating to the Pope’s visit, and entrance to any of the same premises carrying a sharp object will also be forbidden. Access will be prohibited to any person showing signs of intoxication or drug use. These restrictions will extend to holders of licenses to carry and use firearms. “Armed individuals will not be allowed; this will be reserved for FDS members only,” Nhancololo says.
Police in the capital are advising people to use public transport, and asking that children and other dependents should be accompanied at all times.
Visitors to the Zimpeto National Stadium who need support or wish to report any breach of public order and safety should do so with the 21st Squad in the Zimpeto National Stadium.
By Amândio BorgesSource: O País