Ossufo Momade addresses a media conference (Pic. Club of Mozambique)

BEIRA – President FILIPE NYUSI of MOZAMBIQUE has met with the interim leader of the former rebel RENAMO movement, USSOFO MOMADE.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says they have held discussions in the port city of BEIRA and reached a deal to, finally, disarm the remaining terrorists in the country.

It says the militia members are free to, either, join the national armed forces or they can simply assume civilian life and unite with the rest of the population in peace.

The agreement between the TWO sides requires RENAMO to give a list of the combatants it wants to be integrated into the security forces to the government in the next few days.

Mr USSOFO has addressed journalist after the meeting, saying his party has no interest in keeping weapons and would like to end the current discord before the OCTOBER elections.

He says the remaining armed rebels should FIRST undergo a demobilisation exercise and hand over all their weaponry before they can join the military or retire to civilian life.

RENAMO, whose PORTUGUESE acronym means MOZAMBICAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE, has been a militant group and political movement in the country.

The RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation founded and sponsored it in 1975 as part of a campaign against President SAMORA MACHEL, for accommodating guerrilla fighters of the ZIMBABWEAN liberation struggle.

The RHODESIANS had recruited and retrained a former FRELIMO soldier, ANDRÉ MATSANGAISSA, who was later killed in battle and replaced by AFONSO DHLAKAMA.

DHLAKAMA died in MAY this year after reaching a ceasefire agreement with the NYUSI Administration, although a number of his armed units still remain in the bush.

However, the interim leader of RENAMO, which is the biggest opposition party in the MOZAMBIQUE National Assembly, has pledged to return the SADC country to peace./Sabanews/cam



Underground at Epangelo Mine (Pic. Epangelo Mining Company)

WINDHOEK – The ruling SWAPO Party of NAMIBIA has acknowledged national efforts to add value to minerals, but it says there is need to ensure citizens also own mining ventures.

SWAPO Backbencher JERRY EKANDJO says it is worrying for a country with plentiful natural resources and a low population to have most of its people living in abject poverty continuously.

NBC News says he has reminded the National Assembly no NAMIBIAN has a country in the country so far, 28 years after independence in MARCH 1990.

Mr EKANDJO says he believes the focus should therefore, not only be on job-creation and value-addition to natural recourses.

The government should find ways of ensuring ownership by NAMIBIANS of mineral extracting and processing companies.

The former Cabinet Minister has also called for such firms to be obliged to contribute to infrastructure development, such as roads and schools construction.

Deputy Prime Minister NETUMBO NANDI-NDAITWAH has assured the Parliament the State is striving towards ensuring an equitable distribution of resources through a variety of interventions.

She has singled out the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework, a scheme aimed to allow for equitable resources distribution.

Deputy Prime Minister NANDI-NDAITWAH says consultations on the national initiative are at an advanced stage.

Members of Parliament have been contributing to a debate on a motion by POPULAR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT Party President MCHENRY VENAANI.

The NAMIBIAN politician is calling for value-addition on all extractive industries to stimulate employment and high foreign earnings for the SADC country.

The national economy of NAMIBIA relies heavily on the mining industry, based mostly on copper, diamond, lead, silver, tin, tungsten, uranium, and zinc, which contribute about EIGHT percent of GDP and 50 percent of foreign earnings./Sabanews/cam