Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Saturday reiterated the government's promise to do all in its power to ascertain the full circumstances of the death of the country's first leader, Samora Machel.
Machel, and 34 of those travelling with him, died on 19 October 1986 in a plane crash at Mbuzini, just inside South Africa, as they were returning from a regional summit in the Zambian town of Mbala. It has long been suspected that the presidential aircraft was lured away from its correct flight path by a pirate radio beacon (VOR), operating on the same frequency as the Maputo airport beacon.
Speaking during the inauguration of a power station in the town of Chimbonila, in the northern province of Niassa, on the 27th anniversary of Machel's death, Guebuza said the government will not rest until what happened at Mbuzini has been fully explained.
“We have said that the crash was caused by apartheid”, he said, “but there were individuals who carried out this action of the apartheid regime. We shall continue to work to identify who they are”.
Guebuza said that the man who proclaimed Mozambican independence died when he was returning from a mission of peace, for he wanted peace not only in Mozambique, but in the southern African region, and throughout the world.
Guebuza stressed the importance of electrification for the development of the country. The Chimbonila station is part of the rural electrification of Niassa, and has been financed by Norway which provided the equivalent of about 1.8 million US dollars.
The power has been flowing since last month, and currently benefits more than 150 households, and several public institutions, including the local health unit. The electrification of Chimbonila includes 35 kilometres of medium voltage and 11 kilometres of low voltage transmission lines, and nine new transformer posts.
Before inaugurating the electricity scheme, Guebuza visited the “African Century” Agro-Industrial Complex at Matama, and the “Mr Chicken” poultry farm, which is also producing macadamia nuts.
The Matama complex results from a partnership between the British-based company African Century foods, and the Mozambican Malonda Foundation. In this joint venture African Century, which holds 80 per cent of the shares, provides the technology, while Malonda has the land use rights.