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Following an early morning farewell ceremony at provincial government premises, about 300 young recruits left Zambezia on Tuesday for various basic military education centres and their physical preparation for the task of defending national sovereignty, O País reports.
The group, to be incorporated into the second round of the normal military service and first round of the civic service of Mozambique, includes young people from all districts of the province.
At the departure ceremony, Governor Abdul Razak praised the youngsters for their initiative in voluntarily recognising the need to perform military service in defence of the country.
“The maintenance of peace is fundamental and requires the constant renewal, improvement and professionalisation of the Defence Forces of Mozambique, and this incorporation is a step forward in that direction, as the armed forces will number in their ranks you young people, ready to contribute your physical, intellectual and, above all, patriotic spirit to serve the country, in compliance with the law,” Razak declared.
For the governor, the decision of those young people to go to military service reflects a patriotic spirit of contributing to the development process and the social, human, cultural and economic progress of the country. The governor recalled the destabilising events in the north of Cabo Delgado, carried out by individuals whose motives remain unknown, but who must be fought with all the vigour of the country’s armed forces.
“Our country has lately been the victim of attacks by an armed group operating in the province of Cabo Delgado, which requires timely intervention by the Defence and Security Forces, hence our responsibility to remain engaged in the defence of the homeland,” the governor volunteered.
In a message of reply presented at the ceremony, the young people said they were ready to serve for the defence of the country but asked for their successful reintegration following the fulfilment of their noble mission of defending the Mozambican homeland.
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