EU against linking decentralization and disarmament in Mozambique
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Sunday called on the residents of the northern province of Niassa to redouble their vigilance and to denounce persons of bad faith with agendas alien to development and wellbeing in the province.
Speaking at a rally in Meluluca, the President pointed out that some young people from Niassa had travelled to Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province to join the armed gangs terrorising local people.
According to the President, “there are young people dying for a cause they do not understand. Some were tricked and taken to Niassa. Some of them are women. It is terrible to be deceived by people who say they can provide jobs, but when you arrive there are no jobs and you are forced to join them”.
The President lamented that this situation is the work of people who live well yet promote inflammatory talk. He argued that the terrorist leaders are well trained in promoting disinformation, stating “they say people in Palma are rebellious because they are poor. Some of the mischief-makers are foreigners. I ask why do they not cause this confusion in their own country? Is poverty only to be found in Palma and not it their own countries? And why Palma today? Is it because of the discovery of gas?”
President Nyusi assured the rally that the defence and security forces are searching for the ringleaders, stating “when we capture them we will say who they are”.
In addition, the President called for vigilance against those who plunder the forests and wildlife of the province. He also urged people to promote good practices linked to such cultural phenomena as initiation rites and to combat premature marriages.
In October an Islamic insurgency began in Mocimboa da Praia district and later spread to other districts in the northern part of Cabo Delgado. The Islamic fundamentalists, known as “Al Sunna” or “Al Shabaab”, have killed dozens of people and forced hundreds to flee their homes.
On 30 July, the President will travel to Tete province for a three-day working visit, which is the last province covered in his annual tour of the nation.
During his trip, he will meet residents in the city of Tete and the districts of Chiuta, Chifunde, Angonia, and Mutarara.Source: AIM