26 October 2012

Mozambique: Armed Forces ?must Be Ready to Defend Sovereignty?

Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday urged the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) to defend the gains of the people, by working ceaselessly to maintain peace and consolidate national unity.

Speaking at the Samora Machel Military Academy in the northern city of Nampula, during the closing ceremony of a course for the Military Police, Guebuza said the FADM has the mission to defend the people and the country against those forces contrary to Mozambique’s national interests.

“You are the bearers of the standard of self-esteem. You must always be ready to defend sovereignty”, Guebuza told the 150 new members of the military police, after they had taken their oath of loyalty.

He warned the graduates that they should always be attentive to actions undertaken by individuals who want to destroy the country and the gains that it has made.

“We cannot allow this to happen”, Guebuza said. “The true patriot knows how to respect and defend sovereignty, and does not destroy what the people have built at the cost of much hard work and sacrifice”.

After the ceremony closing the course, Guebuza chaired the opening of a session of the Coordinating Council of the Defence Ministry, also held at the military academy, and gave a lecture to the staff and students of the Academy, in which he stressed the importance of national unity in pursuing the objectives that are dear to the Mozambican people.

He reviewed key events in Mozambican history, from the resistance to colonial invasion to the achievement of independence, in which the question of national unity was determinant.

Guebuza argued that the defeats suffered in the early wars of resistance to foreign occupation were because at that time Mozambicans were not united.

The colonial power worked hard to keep Mozambicans divided, he added.

Eventually, however, Mozambicans understood that it was only when they were united that they could achieve victories and free the country from the colonial yoke.

“National Unity is not a goal to be achieved”, declared Guebuza. “National Unity is a condition for our survival as Mozambicans”.

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