No clarity as Mozambique detains Malawians
From ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – MALAWI will engage neighbouring Mozambique in diplomatic talks following the arrest of its 65 citizens during operations to eradicate the renewed insurgency by the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).
It could not be ascertained why the Malawians, who were travelling to South Africa, were arrested. Mozambican security authorities stopped buses carrying the detainees along Nyambane district in the interior country before taking them to a nearby police station where they are detained.
One of the detained Malawians, Martin Munkhowo, alleged their passports, personal belongings and food were confiscated before soldiers assaulted them.
Police were evasive on the issue, only saying this was to eliminate the militancy.
Efforts to get comment from Mozambique’s foreign affairs and cooperation minister, Oldemiro Júlio Marques Balói, as well as the interior minister, Jaime Basílio Monteiro, proved fruitless at the time of going to press.
However, Malawi’s minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Francis Katsaira, indicated the matter was a “sensitive” saying it required a “diplomatic approach.”
“The Malawi government will handle the issue with their Mozambican counterparts through normal but official channels,” said Katsaira.
Mozambique is presently experiencing serious security concerns posed by Renamo bandits.
– CAJ News
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