Mozambique’s President Asks Insurgents to Surrender or Get Killed

(in the pic – President Zuma and President Nyusi addressing a media conference at the Union Buildings)His Excellency President Fillipe Jacinto Nyusi of the Republic of Mozambique pays his first State Visit to the Republic of South Africa at the invitation of His Excellency President Jacob Zuma. The two countries enjoy a cordial relationship and President Zuma has visited Mozambique twice already this year, first on a State Visit on20 -21 May 2015 and also on the 11th of September where there two Heads of State unveiled the Matola monument in memory of South African martyrs who were killed by the apartheid regime during its infamous raids to neighbouring countries in search of ANC targets.Union Buildings, Pretoria, 22/10/2015, Elmond Jiyane, GCIS

President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi, on Monday, urged Islamic militants operating in parts of the northern province of Cabo Delgado to turn themselves over to the authorities or face being killed.

The leader said this after allied Rwandan, Mozambican and southern African forces pushed them out of territory they had been occupying. The Southern Africa Development Community’s (SADC) mission in Mozambique had a day earlier announced they killed a senior Islamist militant leader, Awadhi Ndanjile, along with 18 other fighters in an offensive on September 25.

Ndanjile, a religious leader instrumental in recruiting and indoctrinating members of the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ), was reportedly killed on a militants base in the Nangade district of Cabo Delgado.

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Speaking after a memorial service to mark 29 years of peace since the end of the country’s civil war, Nyusi warned the militants that they “have nowhere to go”.

He said, “We wanted to invite them not to wait for death. This is not the intention of the defense and security forces,” Nyusi said. “Surrender yourself … because you have nowhere to go … You are running from one forest to another being endlessly chased.”

A number of areas previously held by militants have been cleared, including the town of Mocimboa da Praia, more than a year after insurgents first seized it. Insurgent bases have also been destroyed, according to security forces.

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While Nyusi said it was likely the leaders of the insurgency had fled, possibly even abroad, there was concern for those lower down the chain especially if they had been forced to join their ranks.

“We want our compatriots on our side, not the other side,” he added.

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