Mozambique: Defence Minister Warns Against Lack of Discipline

Maputo — Mozambican Defence Minister Filipe Nyussi warned on Saturday that life in the armed forces is incompatible with lack of discipline, insubordination and disobedience.

He was speaking at the military training centre of Manhica, about 80 kilometres north of Maputo, at the end of a basic military training course, which began on 23 July.

The Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM), said Nyussi, are “a great symbol of national unity” where a spirit of mission and love for the motherland are cultivated. He regarded these as decisive factors for victory in any sphere of life

A career in the military, he stressed, requires a solid foundation of knowledge, prowess and skills which can only be learnt through a process of military training.

“The course that ends today seeks to endow the trainees with this range of values and knowledge so that they may become soldiers who are morally, psychologically and physically trained”, he added. “Only through training are our recruits endowed with qualities inspired in discipline and obedience which allow them to become true defenders of the motherland”.

An FADM soldier, declared Nyussi, is proud that he is a member of the military. He obeys orders given by the Commander-in-Chief (President Armando Guebuza), respects the Mozambican Constitution, and loves and defends his people and country.

Soldiers are citizens like any others, he added, but with added responsibilities. Not only must they respect and embrace the laws and norms of Mozambican society, but they must also observe the regulations and instructions that characterize the armed forces.

The dictates of the honour and the prestige of the armed forces must always be present in their conduct.

Nyussi said that soldiers may also be called upon to take part in humanitarian activities, notably in response to the natural disasters that regularly affect Mozambique. He challenged the graduates from the training course to put to the test the knowledge and skills they have acquired in complying with their military duties.

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