AUTHORITIES SEIZE SMUGGLED GOODS AT BORDER POSTS

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MAPUTO – The MOZAMBIQUE Revenue Authority says it has detained an assortment of goods that include food, phones, and motor vehicles smuggled into the country.

Police struggle to control porous border (Pic. Web)

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the agency has carried out an operation in the districts of ZOBUE CUCHAMANO, on the border with ZAMBIA, as well as in CHANGARA and MOATIZE, which border MALAWI.

It quotes the Revenue Authority TETE Provincial Officer as saying they have seized SEVEN cars, a number of cell-phones, about 19-THOUSAND tonnes of sugar, THREE bales of used clothing, 16 packs of soda, 67 tyres, and other loose items.

ÂMIDO ABDALA says many people resort to covert cross-border activities largely because they cannot afford to pay for travel documents, border taxes, work permits, as well as import and trade licenses.

He says officials in TETE Province have adaunting task to monitor the movement of goods and people at THREE major boundaries with ZAMBIA and MALAWI.

He names the frontiers as CUCHAMANO in CHANGARA District; ZOBUE in MOATIZE; CASSACATIZA in CHIFUNDE District; CALOMUE, which also borders MALAWI, in ANGONIA District.

However, Mr ABDALA says poachers and smugglers have virtually destroyed the boundary fence by cutting it or even digging trenches underneath.

Mocimboa da Praia District offices (Pic. Agencies)

MOZAMBIQUE has for years being struggling to bring sanity to its borders amid a concoction of crimes like illegal migration, human trafficking, armed banditry, poaching, and smuggling.

Defence Minister ATANÁSIO M’TUMUKE had to meet his TANZANIAN counterpart, HUSSEIN MWINYI, last year to come up with a joint operation plan to fight cross-border crimes.

Their discussions in the South-eastern TANZANIA town of MTWARA came after a wave of attacks against civilians and security posts by armed gangs in the CABO DELGADO Region of Northern MOZAMBIQUE.

The previous year had seen at least 100 people – including civilians, members of the security forces, as well as suspected bandits, killed in violent clashes in the area.

Media reports say the wave of violence in CABO DELGADO broke out after a group from a local mosque attacked police stations in MOCÍMBOA DA PRAIA District in OCTOBER 2017.

Since then, Northern MOZAMBIQUE has recorded many cross-border crimes that continue to worry the State at a time when the country is fighting to recover its economy and harvest the abundant natural resources it has./Sabanews/cam

DEMOBILISATION OF RENAMO MILITIA ON COURSE

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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

MALNUTRITION RATE IN SOUTHERN REGION WORRIES MINISTER

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Authorities believe it is possible to end hunger in the country (Pic. WFP)

INHAMBANE – The government of MOZAMBIQUE has expressed concern over the current rate of malnutrition among children in the southern province of INHAMBANE.

Health Minister NAZIRA ABDULA says the situation is worrying because there are conditions to prevent the conditions in the country.

He has made the comments after officials in the JANGAMO District told him during a visit the rate of malnutrition in their area stands at 30 percent.

Minister ABDUL has told residents of LINDELA area JANGAMO District has basic that can feed children, pregnant women, and the elderly to prevent malnourished and other diseases.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE quotes a 17-year-old mother of an EIGHT-month-old baby girl as saying her daughter is a victim of underfeeding.

She says the baby suffers from sores, loss of weight, and lack of blood, although she always breast feeds her.

The young woman says she is not employed and it is difficult for to buy her milk for the baby but since their visit to the hospital, the infant is now recovering.

Malnutrition is cause for concern (Pic. allafrica.com)

The World Food Program says MOZAMBIQUE is among the poorest countries in the world, standing at number 172 out of 182 nations on the 2008 to 2009 UN Human Development Index.

The WFP says the SADC country faces a wide range of natural hazards that often cause major damage and disturb economic growth.

It says authorities regard MOZAMBIQUE as ONE of nations most at risk from climate change, examples being the devastating floods and recurrent droughts from 2000 to 2008.

The world body says the national adult HIV and AIDS prevalence rate is more than 15 percent, with FOUR provinces rating above 20 percent.

On the other hand, the WFP says GAZA Region in the south has the highest prevalence at 27 percent.

It says out of a population of 21-MILLION-700-THOUSAND, ONE-MILLION-600-THOUSAND are orphans – whose number is increasing due to the scale and severity of the pandemic.

The WFP says MOZAMBIQUE also remains rooted in deep, rural poverty despite improvements in education, health and nutrition indicators since the end of the civil war in 1992./Sabanews/cam

ILLEGAL HARVESTING OF WOOD REMAINS A HUGE PROBLEM

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Chinese traders largely blamed for illegal ogging (Pic. Agencies)

TETE – MOZAMBIQUE continues to face an increased destruction of its forest resources despite efforts to fight illegal wood hunters over years now.

The Attorney General’s Office in the central province of TETE says it had prosecuted some 54 cases of illegal logging within the FIRST THREE months of this year alone.

The Provincial Chief Prosecutor has revealed the information during a workshop to discuss ways to end the devastation of the tropical forestry areas of the SADC country.

JORGE TIVANE says the current levels of illegal exploitation of timber are too high, comparing the 54 cases in the FIRST QUARTER of 2018 against the total 85 cases last year.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE quotes him as saying the 54 cases processed up to MARCH, EIGHT accused persons have appeared in Court, and TWO of them have been discharged due to lack of sufficient evidence.

The national broadcaster says a civil society group advocating for sustainable exploitation of natural resources has organised the TETE conference to help save the forests.

Earlier media reports say the threatened tropical forests comprise more than 50 percent of the land mass of MOZAMBIQUE.

A NEWS 24 story in APRIL last year says the never-ending CHINESE thirst for rare wood to propel its furniture sector as well as rampant illegal logging threaten to destroy all of it.

It quotes the BRITAIN-based ENVIRONMENTAL INVESTIGATION AGENCY as saying 93 percent of timber logging in 2013 in MOZAMBIQUE was illegal, and most of it ended up in CHINA.

The report says corruption, weak laws and ineffective institutions, as well as scanty resources to fight the crime, have left the national forests without protection.

Environmental protection campaigners have largely blamed CHINA for the destruction of forests in MOZAMBIQUE, after it started restricting industrial logging in its own forests at the turn of the Century./Sabanews/cam

RENAMO PROPOSES TO DISARM MILITIA WITHIN THREE MONTHS

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Group of RENAMO terrorists (Pic. Afro Cache)

MAPUTO – The opposition RENAMO Party in MOZAMBIQUE says it needs some THREE months to disarm and demobilise its armed terrorists.

The group says the 90 days will be sufficient to allow it gather the militia and reintegrate them into the MOZAMBICAN society or incorporate them into the defence forces.

RENAMO Secretary General MANUEL BISSOPO has made the announcement during a media briefing today (THURSDAY) in the northern province of NAMPULA.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says his pledge comes barely FOUR days after President FILIPE NYUSI challenged the former rebel movement to disarm its militants and denounce violence.

It quotes Mr BISSOPO as saying THREE months will be long enough for rules and principles set up under the current agreements with the government to be followed.

He says RENAMO wants peace to last forever, and it wants the country to have only a single armed force to ensure people do not kill each other tomorrow.

Mr BISSOPO has also told journalists his group wants the whole procedure to take place in a healthy environment.

He says such a development will ensure the integration of RENAMO occurs within the spirit of harmony that President NYUSI and the late rebel commander AFONSO DHLAKAMA had achieved.

Mr BISSOPO says the demilitarisation is proceeding normally under the accords between the State and RENAMO, and the group is greatly committed to keep the peace.

The late DHLAKAMA and his members have clashed with government forces since he lost a disputed election FOUR years ago, although he had been set to run again against President NYUSI in 2019.

RENAMO had re-launched a low-intensity guerrilla campaign in late 2012 that forced tens of thousands of MOZAMBICANS to flee across the border into neighbouring MALAWI and ZIMBABWE.

The organisation, which was trained by RHODESIANS and SOUTH AFRICANS to destabilise the country as far back as 1975 and waged a campaign in which about ONE-MILLION people were killed.

The MOZAMBICAN terror group fought the government up to 1992 after a peace deal that gave combatants a blanket amnesty and allowed RENAMO to regroup as an opposition party./Sabanews/cam

PRESIDENT CALLS ON REBELS TO SURRENDER ARMS

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Mozambique Independence Day is a celebration of independence from Portuguese rule (Pic. Afro Tourism)

MAPUTO – President FILIPE NYUSI of MOZAMBIQUE has urged the opposition RENAMO movement to disarm its militia members still carrying guns in the countryside.

He says RENAMO, which is the main opposition in the National Assembly but still has an unknown number of armed men under its command, should also speak publicly against violence.

President NYUSI has made the call as he addressed delegates to a gathering in the capital, MAPUTO, to mark 43 years after independence from PORTUGUESE colonial rule.

He has spoken after laying a wreath at the HEROES Square in MAPUTO, emphasising the demilitarisation of the terrorists is vital for a democratic, stable, and peaceful MOZAMBIQUE.

President NYUSI says there is no other alternative to the demobilisation and disarming of the RENAMO militia, and integrating its members, either into the defence and security forces, or back into civilian life.

Preparations for municipal elections scheduled for 10 OCTOBER have hit a snag over the question of armed bandits, even after the last month death of AFONSO DHLAKAMA, who had led the group more than 40 years.

Military and political commentators had described his death as a game-changer for the terror movement that never completely disarmed its combatants at the end of a 16-year-long civil war in 1992.

Instead, the insurgents launched a low-level guerrilla campaign in late 2012 until early last year when tens of thousands of MOZAMBICANS fled across the border into neighbouring MALAWI and ZIMBABWE.

MOZAMBIQUE gained independence in 1975 following 10 years of armed struggle, from 1964 to 1974, against PORTUGUESE colonial rule.

The FRENTE DE LIBERTAÇÃO DE MOÇAMBIQUE, PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBIQUE LIBERATION FRONT, FRELIMO, led liberation war and has ruled the SADC country since then./Sabanews/cam

SUSPECTED ISLAMIC TERRORISTS KILL SEVEN PEOPLE IN THE NORTH

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Fundamentalist groups spread terror worldwide (Pic. Agencies)

CABO DELGADO – Suspected ISLAMIC fundamentalists have violently killed SEVEN people in the CABO DELGADO Province of Northern MOZAMBIQUE.

RADIO MOZAMBIQUE says the Police General Command Spokesperson has confirmed the killings, which occurred in NAUDE Village in the MACOMIA District.

It says INACIO DINA has addressed the media in the capital, MAPUTO, saying the raiders injured FOUR other people, burned down 164 houses and set FOUR vehicles ablaze.

He says the assailants used machetes to kill the SEVEN people and maim the others, before using a cigarette lighter to set huts on fire, which was spread rapidly by a strong win.

Mr DINA says the suspects may be part of a group the police have been chasing since the events of 27 MAY when 10 people were beheaded.

He says the suspected ISLAMIST insurgency is an ongoing conflict with ANSAR AL-SUNNA, a terrorist group attempting to establish an ISLAMIC state in MOZAMBIQUE.

The authorities say they have not made any arrests so far, but the defence and security forces are working on the ground to hunt down the criminals and restore order throughout MACOMIA.

The national broadcaster quotes military commentators as saying the country has not been a focal point for ISLAMIST militant activities before, and the police have been reluctant to blame attacks on such groups until now.

MUSLIMS make up about 18 percent of the population, while CATHOLICS comprise the largest single religious grouping with close to 30 percent of MOZAMBIQUE’s about 29-MILLION people./Sabanews/cam

FORMER VETERAN REBEL LEADER DIES

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Afonso Dhlakama (Pic. AFP)

GORONGOSA – Former rebel RENAMO leader AFONSO DHLAKAMA of MOZAMBIQUE has died.

SABC News quotes media reports as saying Mr DHLAKAMA passed away after an unconfirmed heart attack at the age of 65.

He has died after his group and the government of MOZAMBIQUE agreed to share power in the country, which had known limited peace since independence in 1975.

Mr DLAKAMA led a terror group with an undisclosed number of bandits trained by the RHODESIAN Central Intelligence Organisation in 1975, to block the movement of ZANLA guerrilla forces of ZIMBABWE across the MOZAMBICAN Border.

RENAMO is an acronym of the RESISTENCIA NACIONAL MOCAMBICANA, which is PORTUGUESE for the MOZAMBICAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE.

The RHODESIANS and apartheid SOUTH AFRICA sponsored the group to punish the FRELIMO Government of the late SAMORA MACHEL for hosting the ZIMBABWEAN fighters.

Mr DLAKAMA took over after the death in 1979 of the FIRST RENAMO Leader, ANDRE MATSANGAISSA, a dissident killed in combat after raiding a FRELIMO position.

In OCTOBER 1992, way after the independence of ZIMBABWE in 1980, RENAMO signed a ceasefire accord after killing almost ONE-MILLION MOZAMBICANS and a number of ZIMBABWEANS.

Mr DLAKAMA transformed the rebel group into a political party, but still retained huge catches of weapons and military bases in the mountains of GORONGOSA and other areas.

He won 33-POINT-SEVEN percent of the presidential vote in 1994; but grabbed a decisive majority of parliamentary seats in FIVE of the country’s 11 provinces, with the UNITED NATIONS declaring the polls fair and free.

RENAMO contested the processes and results of the 1999 Elections, in which FRELIMO won a much narrower majority of votes, and RENAMO supporters staged widespread protests throughout 2000 in the cities of BEIRA and the capital, MAPUTO.

Repeated discord between the TWO sides led to the resumption of the RENAMO terror war that claimed yet more lives and displaced tens of thousands of others up to around mid-2016.

President NYUSI managed to silence the guns and brought the veteran rebel leader to the discussion table, in a process saw some stability since CHRISTMAS 2016.

He said they had agreed with Mr DLAKAMA to revise the national Constitution soon, in order to bring a fresh provision for the governance of regions of the country.

President NYUSI said the system would start to apply from 2019, when a political party or a coalition would propose to the Head of State a Governor for each province in which they win general elections.

The authorities in MOZAMBIQUE have not announced any arrangements for the burial of the former rebel leader./Sabanews/cam

RITUAL KILLER GETS FOUR LIFE-IN-JAIL SENTENCES

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Image by SABC News
PIETERMARITZBURG – The High Court of SOUTH AFRICA in PIETERMARITZBURG City has handed down FOUR life-in-jail sentences to a man who brutally killed FOUR young children last year.
 
SABC News says BEN MBHELE (32) teamed up with another unnamed men and went to the home of his sister, S’LINDILE MBHELE, the mother of the kids he then slaughtered in cold blood.
 
It says S’LINDILE had visited friends and left the children, aged between FOUR and 12, watching television at home in KWA-NZIMAKWE in the coastal province of KWA-ZULU NATAL.
 
MBHELE and his accomplice stabbed their victims to death and cut off their ears, which later turned out to have been destined for a witchdoctor in the city of DURBAN.
 
The Court has established the motive for the killing was financial gain, as the killer-uncle had taken out insurance with a number of companies on all the FOUR children he murdered.
 
Meanwhile, research shows while the murder of people for their body parts is a crime in any country of the world; the practices continue in Sub-SAHARAN AFRICA in the 21ST Century.
 
Ritual killer confesses to Nigerian Police after arrest

In the SADC Region, such cases in which criminals kill human beings to remove body parts for use as medicine or for magical purposes in witchcraft are widespread.

 
While most reports are about targets of people with albinism in countries like MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE, SWAZILAND, SOUTH AFRICA, and TANZANIA it is also emerging that no one is safe elsewhere in the region.
 
Authorities agree such murders occur and sometimes go unreported in BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, MOZAMBIQUE, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA, and ZIMBABWE.
 
Nevertheless, SADC currently has no publicly known regional position or legislation to fight against the practitioners of the common ritual killings, which individual nations have to face alone./Sabanews/cam

POLICE DISCOVER AND SEIZE DIFFERENT COOKED HUMAN BODY PARTS

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Zambian Police launch war against ritual killers

LUSAKA – Police in ZAMBIA have seized an undisclosed amount of cooked human hearts and livers, as well as other uncooked body parts, during investigations into ritual killings in the country.

Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO says the team has managed to carry out the job while working with ONE person suspected to be the mastermind.

He has told the National Assembly in the capital, LUSAKA, the authorities have since submitted the recovered parts to the forensic laboratory for professional examination.

Minister KAMPYONGO says they suspect some neighbours of the accused person are likely to have eaten the human flesh without knowing.

He says the investigations are still ongoing and the suspect is scheduled to appear in court soon, while the police have intensified security measures to curb the spate of ritual murders.

Minister KAMPYONGO says such killings are a result of false beliefs promoted by some traditional herbalists who claim use of human meat can help people accumulate wealth.

He has called on communities to help bring the culprits to book, although members of the public should avoid taking the law into their own hands.

The ZAMBIAN Cabinet member says his country has recorded SEVEN suspected ritual killings of men between the age of 25 and 40 since 21 OCTOBER last year.

Nigerian ritual killer (Pic. Agencies)

Researchers say ritual killings and human sacrifice take place in almost all AFRICAN countries, with cases reported in BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE.

They say ZAMBIA has recorded cases in which human heads were found in ASIAN-owned shops, while some politicians in SWAZILAND allegedly commission ritual killings so they can win elections.

The numbers of ritual murders is quite scary, as the bodies of victims are mutilated and certain parts go missing; and in SOUTH AFRICA body parts can be sold for as little as THREE-THOUSAND rand (about 230 US dollars)./Sabanews/cam