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Pressure insurgents spread

Palma under threat of invasion and SDS on standby

  • Total Oil evacuates 500 employees in Afungi

The intensification of insurgent attacks on three villages close to the area where the Mozambique LNG project is underway, including the Afungi peninsula, forced the evacuation of Total workers, who lead the mega gas project in the district of Palma, whose host village since the 2nd of January, it is under threat of invasion by the rebels.

According to the Voice of America (VOA), in face of these scenarios, the oil company Total made the decision to evacuate around 500 of its employees on January 1, while the insurgents distributed pamphlets in which they tell residents to leave Pemba because they are going attack the city, pointing Tuesday (January 5 with reference to attacks).

Security conditions in the province of Cabo Delgado deteriorated with the approach of insurgents, who carried out a series of attacks in villages very close to the gas megaproject, according to reports by residents and local workers.

“The situation still remains (…) the population is suffering, many are going to Palma on foot, we have not yet had the situation settled, we are in a crisis,” a local resident told VOA, describing the desperation of the population, in Monday.

On the night of 1 January (a Friday), insurgents opened fire on members of the Joint Task Force in Quitupo, as they tried to investigate the presence of the rebels in a village house.

Slaughtered insurgents

Between December 30 and January 1, the Defense and Security Forces (SDS) carried out several clashes with insurgents in the village of Monjane, where 40 houses of the population were destroyed. The clashes provoked a new wave of displaced people to Palma.

“The attack was not in the resettlement area, it was close to Quitupo, they assaulted one of the villages, but with the intervention of the forces, the insurgents were unable to do what they wanted”, said one of the residents of a village near Quitupo.

Quitupo is located within the DUAT (Right to Use and Benefit from Land) area and a few kilometers from the fence where the mega gas projects in Palma are being implemented.

The area has so far been considered one of the safest and where many expected to resort in cases of intensified attacks.

“Quitupo abandoned it. They are not abandoning, they have already abandoned ”, said another resident, telling the story of a woman who arrived in Palma on Monday, after surviving three days in the woods and whose family was already in mourning.

Total evacuates workers

After the series of attacks, Total, which leads the gas megaproject in the Palma district, took the decision to evacuate around 500 of its employees from the LNG Project in Afungi on the 1st of January.

“So I am in Afungi. In fact, a large number of workers were evacuated [on Saturday], especially those linked to the construction area, said a worker on condition of anonymity.

Several local officials were also asked to stay at home in Palma until further notice. Subcontractors linked to the LNG project were given a discretionary mandate to decide whether to evacuate or not, another source said.

Threat under Palma

During the withdrawal of the insurgents, after the sequence of the attacks, the group left leaflets in which they warn that Palma will be attacked on January 5, 2021 (alluding to Tuesday) and advise the population to leave the area.

“When they come across people they are saying ‘you are fleeing to a certain place, we will get there’,” said another resident.

“The war is for real, it’s not what we heard about Mute, Mocímboa da Praia, Pundanhar, no, the real war is here. There is no access to Palma, all roads are blocked, sea or land transport doesn’t happen, we’re sitting alone ”, said a social activist, adding that the crisis has become“ viral ”for the residents of Palma






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Between Mozambique and Tanzania Cross-border pact to combat terrorists • Nyusi announces clemency to repentant terrorists After the agreement signed last year, for the exchange of information on the incursions of armed groups, between Mozambique and Tanzania, this week, in a high-level meeting, the Mozambican statesman, Filipe Nyusi, and that of Tanzania, John Magufuli, sealed the cross-border pact to corner the terrorist group that has been plaguing the northern province of Cabo Delgado since 2017, and which has the Tanzanian territory as the gateway to Mozambique and the retreat zone. At a high-level meeting, held on Monday (January 11), in Tanzania, between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his counterpart John Magufuli, both accompanied by high-ranking defense and security forces, action strategies were discussed. joint and coordinated efforts to trap the group of insurgents, such as terrorist modus operandi, with foreign leaders, who perpetrate terror in districts of Cabo Delgado province, claiming lives and destroying social and economic infrastructure. Life and death pact After this meeting that lasted about three hours, in Tanzanian territory but close to Cabo Delgado, the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, already in Mozambican territory, without going into details, explains the pact as follows: “Tanzania is saying who prefers to die with us “. Officially, Tanzania, a country bordering Mozambique, through Cabo Delgado, has expressed its willingness to cooperate with Mozambique in the fight against armed groups in this province, whose attacks, which date back to 2017, have been classified since last year. by the Mozambican state and international authorities threatening terrorism. As a result of the meeting, before the press in Cabo Delgado, Filipe Nyusi preferred to start with a contextual approach, referring that the purpose of the visit was to deepen the relations of friendship and cooperation, stressing that relations must always be aligned, not being a finished product, then focusing on security issues. “It was an unavoidable theme due to the reality that our country lives. We want to develop Mozambique and the Tanzanians want to develop Tanzania. They want water and energy. They want good housing, roads and food and these things only happen safely. So, at all times when discussing the development of a country or society, security is automatically discussed. We gave our points of view and explained what the current reality of Mozambique is, ”said the Mozambican statesman, without giving details of the content of the security dialogue with his Tanzanian counterpart. In reference to the attacks in Cabo Delgado and in the center of the country, he said: “we transmitted our information in the scope of security in the north and center operational theater. We affirm that we will return to the meetings of the mixed commissions between Mozambique and Tanzania, including in the area of Defense and Security “, said the statesman, considering the meeting as positive. It is recalled that in November, Mozambique and Tanzania signed an agreement to exchange information on the incursions of armed groups. At the time, Bernardino Rafael, Commander-General of Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM), after signing the document that also took place in Tanzania, said that “the agreement provides that we work together to control the border of the Rovuma, working with the populations to denounce the possible movement of terrorists “, revealed, so the most recent meeting was even to seal this cross-border pact to fight these terrorist groups that find” hiding place “in Tanzania without relent. Mercy to recruits … The Mozambican statesman, at a press conference from Cabo Delgado, in the city of Pemba, after the working visit to Tanzania, called for vigilance among the youth of the affected regions, adding that many young people who agreed to join the groups rebels are seriously sorry. “They received several promises and are not seeing the results. They are being directed by people who do not know or know what language they speak. You are not nature killers,” said Filipe Nyusi, in a message addressed to young people recruited for the infamous incursions, recommending them to surrender to the authorities and that they will have due clemency. “Find a way to talk to the Defense and Security Forces so that you can get back to all of us. We will do everything for the Mozambican people to understand that they have been manipulated and used. You are not murderers by nature, you are being moved to that war ”, considered Filipe Nyusi. To demonstrate his willingness to grant mercy to repentant terrorists, the statesman explained what happened during the last attack on Matemo Island in the Ibo district last week, pointing out that the youths who entered Matemo were repelled by the Defense Forces and Safety. “They did everything for everything so that the same young people could go out peacefully because they knew that“ they are innocent ”, he said. Divided military junta In addition to Cabo Delgado, Filipe Nyusi also spoke of the situation in the central part of the country, specifically Manica and Sofala, where the Renamo Military Junta continues to carry out armed attacks against civilians and property, including taking lives as it happened last Saturday. Flipe Nyusi said that he knew that there are divisions in the Military Junta, with two distinct groups, considering that “the majority is aware that this war does not have to be waged, therefore, those who think this way will receive them. We are going to leave Nhongo alone ”or“ with this group ”with which he insists on carrying out attacks, the statesman said. To those who intend to return to society, Filipe Nyusi appealed that they “do not hesitate” to contact the authorities “because they were not made to kill” their own parents or siblings and promised to continue with the spirit of forgiveness that characterizes their governance.