EU approves 15 million Euros to support SAMIM

 

The European Union (EU) approved yesterday (08) the allocation of 15 million euros to support the Mission of the  Southern African Development Community (SAMIM) in Mozambique, which fights terrorism in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.  The amount will finance the military component of SAMIM, namely field fortifications and storage containers, medical equipment, vehicles, and boats, as well as technological devices. This portion complements the amount of 89 million euros in funding for the Mozambican Armed Forces to equip units trained by the European Union Mission in the country. The announcement was made this Thursday (08), in Maputo, by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, after being received in the audience by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi. “I spoke to President Nyusi about today’s decision to make €15 million available to support SAMIM. And we will continue to support Mozambique in whatever is necessary to restore peace in the province of Cabo Delgado and we want, from now on, to express our solidarity”, he said. Borrell added that the attacks that took place in the northern province of Nampula in recent days are a sign that the fight against terrorism is not yet over and must continue relentlessly so that lasting peace and development in the country can be achieved.   

″It is true that great advances have already been made in the fight against terrorism and that the Mozambican government, with the support of allied countries, managed to control the situation in general terms but the attacks continue and even in some places that until now had not been affected like Nampula. Therefore, we need to work together and hand in hand to return the climate of peace to the populations”, he noted.

In turn, the Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Verónica Macamo, said that during the meeting, Filipe Nyusi praised the role of the European Union in combating terrorism in Mozambique, embodied in the establishment of a military mission since November 2021, humanitarian assistance displaced persons and support for the reconstruction and development of Cabo Delgado. “He also shared relevant information about the latest socio-economic political developments in Mozambique, particularly the process of preparing the next electoral processes”, he added. Filipe Nyusi expressed thanks for the vote of the member states of the European Union in favor of Mozambique in the recent election to non-permanent members of the Security Council of the United Nations. In addressing issues of a global nature, according to the head of Mozambican diplomacy, President Nyusi reaffirmed the importance of dialogue and diplomacy in conflict resolution. “The Head of State explained to The High Representative Mozambique’s position in relation to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, saying that we are not in favor of war, on the contrary, we believe that there should be dialogue, a serious, responsible dialogue aimed at putting an end to the conflict,” he noted. https://torre.news/ue-aprova-15-milhoes-de-euros-para-apoiar-samim

 


The “ordeal of the Mozambicans” on the Ressano Garcia – Lebombo border

 

 

To stamp a passport through the National Migration Service (SENAMI) the passenger takes a maximum of 10 minutes. On the other hand, on the South African side, there are more than 4 hours of standing time and a queue that is constantly cut by those with more purchasing power than the others. It is unclear whether this is a higher order from the South African authorities or a scheme to extort passengers. The truth is that Mozambicans and others are extremely disrespected on the Mozambique-South Africa border, through the land corridor between Ressano Garcia (Moamba) and Lebombo (Komatipoort). To stamp a passport through the National Migration Services (SENAMI) the passenger takes a maximum of 10 minutes. On the other hand, on the South African side, there are more than 4 hours of standing time and a queue constantly cut by those with more purchasing power than the others. This is what we experienced last Saturday (03.06) at the Ressano Garcia –Lebombo border when everything seemed to be going smoothly, behold, our report ended up facing an authentic ordeal for Mozambicans who use that route to enter neighboring South Africa. At the time, almost all users regretted the situation. “This is sabotage. They can’t treat us like this. I’ve been in line here for five hours, but it hasn’t moved, all because they only have two or three people to attend to all of us here”, vented Maria Cuna, a passenger on 68 years old, who wanted to go to Komatipoort to buy some food. “I don’t understand what’s going on with these South Africans, they mistreat us as if we were asking them for favors. They don’t respect us and we can’t even complain”, lamented Abílio Dengo, a passenger who was taking his family for a walk and shopping in Komatipoort.

In the wake of the lamentations, a senior SENAMI staff said out loud that it was ” sabotage ” since it made no sense that a country like South Africa, more evolved in terms of infrastructures and technologies was providing poor quality services like the ones we were verifying. You’ve seen how efficient we are on our part, we take a few minutes to attend to users, on the contrary, our counterparts subject our fellow citizens to situations of this nature. We have children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and you who have been here since the first hours with my feet hurting, simply because they decided to allocate only three workers, therefore, on a peak day as it has been every Saturday “, criticized the senior SENAMI official who requested anonymity.  However, our report could not gather any explanation from the South African side. Furthermore, during the production of the report, we came across a situation of cross-border corruption, led by certain intermediaries, who, due to the desperate situation in which many passengers find themselves, end up paying 150 rand (equivalent to 485.08 meticais at the current Mozambican exchange rate ) or 200 rand (corresponding to 646.78 meticais) simply to skip the queue and reduce the hours of waiting to get to Komatipoort or even continue on to Nelspruit. On the spot, the intermediary revealed that of the money collected, he would only have 50 rand in each passport stamped and the remaining 100 or 150 rand would go into the pocket of the assigned immigration official on the respective working day. However, after hours of waiting, our report crossed the border, where through people authoritative in the matter that there was a dispute between the South African migration authorities and the officials, all due to a set of claims that are not be met, a fact that ends up affecting the functioning of the Ressano Garcia – Lebombo border.

https://torre.news/o-calvario-dos-mocambicanos-na-fronteira-de-ressano-garcia-lebombo


The government has not yet received Total’s report on security in Cabo Delgado

 

 

The Minister of Defence, Cristóvão Chume, says that the Government has not yet received Total’s report on security in Cabo Delgado, but understands that, from what he saw in the press, the consultants advised Total not to take part in the conflict and that it will be up to the State to protect any part of the national territory.  Speaking this Monday, in the city of Pemba, Cristóvão Chume clarified that Total had not yet shared the report on security in Cabo Delgado with the Government. “As you know, Total hired a consultant. The consultant produced a report to his boss, which is Total, which we think Total is doing some analysis on. Eventually, it will share with the Government of Mozambique,” said Chume. He added that what the report is saying is that the formal relationship of direct support to the Defence and Security Forces, within the scope of the governance principle of these multinational companies, is not acceptable, because it can be interpreted as if the company was taking part in the conflict by taking sides, that is, Total is inhibited from being able to support the Armed Forces with any logistical issue. Neither has Total, Rwanda or any other country asked the Government of Mozambique to stop fulfilling its mission to protect the populations of the District of Mocímboa da Praia, Palma or Afunge, so that other forces can carry out this mission. Especially because “The mission is sovereign, it belongs to the Government of Mozambique, it belongs to the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces, primarily, and whenever required, with the support of whoever we want. 

And the companies that are here in Mozambique respect the sovereignty and the principles of conducting security that is being carried out in all places in the Republic of Mozambique”. Chume also said that the Government has never felt pressure from any company regarding the need to change the current security procedure. “We are the ones who decide how, where, and with whom to provide security for the Republic of Mozambique”, he concluded.

https://integritymagazine.co.mz/arquivos/13216


Terrorists murder three civilians in an agricultural production field in Mocímboa da Praia

 

Three civilians, all male, and heads of households were murdered last Friday (23.06) in the Limará village, near the Messalo river, in the Administrative Post of Mbau, in the district of Mocímboa da Praia, in the province of Cabo Delgado.  According to local sources, the victims were between 40 and 45 years old and were cultivating a family agricultural field. The situation left the population incredulous since the Mocímboa da Praia region has a strong national and foreign military presence, but even so, in recent days there have been several movements by insurgents.

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