TANZANIA: Mozambique military delegation arrives today for official visit


A high ranking Mozambican military delegation led by the Chief of General Staff (CGS), General Paulino Jose Macaringue, arrives this evening for a six-day official visit to Tanzania. The visit is aimed at consolidating the longstanding cooperation between the two neighbouring countries with historical, social, political and economic links. The delegation will visit areas in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Coast and Arusha regi

Thereafter, the delegation will pay a courtesy call on the Chief of
Defence Forces, General Davis Mwamunyange and later to the Minister of
Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi at the ministry's
headquarters, Upanga in Dar es Salaam. Commander Macaringue will travel
to Nachingwea, Mtwara on Tuesday to visit Farm 17, the key area used
for training Frelimo fighters during the liberation struggle. He will
lay a wreath at Naliendele military cemetery where the fallen heroes of
TPDF who fought in his country rest.

The CGS will fly to Arusha and visit the Tanzania Military Academy
(TMA) and Command and Staff College (CSC) both in Monduli, Arusha
region on Wednesday. General Macaringue returns to Dar es Salaam the
same day. He is lined up to visit the Centre for Foreign Relations at
Kurasini in Dar es Salaam, Ruvu National camp and Kaole Bagamoyo both
in the Coast Region on Thursday. Tanzania through TPDF trained and
supported Mozambican freedom fighters in the 1960s and early 1970s
until independence in 1975 and it also contributed troops to assist
Mozambique fight against aggression from neighbouring Rhodesia and then
South Africa-backed rebels of RENAMO.

During the operation nicknamed SAFISHA literally meaning clean-up' a
total of 101 officers and men lost their lives and were buried on
Mozambican soil in Gaza, Manica, Tete and Kilimani provinces. However,
in September 2004, the remains of the fallen heroes were exhumed and
flown home after almost two decades in Mozambique and reburied at
Niliendele Cemetery in Mtwara. Other areas of cooperation between
Mozambique and Tanzania are the construction of the Umoja Bridge on
Ruvuma River costing USD $ 28 billion, the joint International
Relations and Diplomacy College located at Kurasini in Dar es Salaam
and the Mtwara development corridor, a Spatial Development Initiative
(SDI) which has the backing of the four countries of Malawi,
Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania.

The corridor initiative, include the improvement of Mtwara Port, road
and telecommunications networks. Mtwara is strategically located in the
south of Tanzania, touching the northern Mozambique, as well as being a
potential port for Malawi and Eastern Zambia. The visits signify the
growing friendly relations and cooperation between Tanzania and
Mozambique, a step in promoting regional cooperation. General
Macaringue and his entourage leaves for Mozambique on Friday.

Sunday News

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