Zim 'may be helping Moz crush Renamo'

2013-04-15 09:43

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Harare – At least 100 Mozambican troops have graduated after completing intensive training in Zimbabwe, amid reports that Mozambique is facing a threat from former rebels, Renamo.

The Mozambican military troops graduated on Friday at the Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru after receiving training at several military bases dotted across the country.

The training course content included foot and arms drill, physical training, section and platoon battle drills, battle procedure, low intensity operations and conventional warfare.

Mozambique is faced with a threat from Renamo rebels who are training in preparation for "war" after demanding a re-negotiation of the 1992 peace agreement.

Zimbabwe last week said it was closely monitoring the situation in Mozambique following reports of growing signs of a civil war breaking out in that country.

The Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda who officiated at the graduation ceremony said the two countries shared a strong military relationship that dated back to the days of "our liberation" struggle and also during the Mozambican disturbances in the early 1980s.

Strong bond

Zimbabwe deployed thousands of combat troops and heavy artillery to shore up the Mozambican army during the armed conflict with Renamo.

The Commander of the Mozambican Navy Rear Admiral Lazaro Mienete thanked Zimbabwe for training their officers and said efforts should be made to continuously hold joint military training programmes.

"The officers you have trained and are graduating today have an important role to play back home," he said.

"We share a strong bond with Zimbabwe and this relationship dates back to the days of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle and Mozambican disturbances in the 1980s."

Dormant since October 1992 when the government and Renamo signed a truce, the animosities were rekindled last week when attacks on police and civilians resurfaced in central Sofala province.

An escalation of violence in Mozambique would have a serious domino effect on Zimbabwe's shaky economy.

The landlocked country is currently importing 90% of its fuel requirements through Mozambique via the 287km Beira-Feruka oil pipeline. - CAJ News


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