Zim 'may be helping Moz crash Renamo'
15 April 2013, 11:38
Harare – At least 100 Mozambican troops have graduated after
completing intensive training in Zimbabwe, amid reports that Mozambique is
facing a threat from former rebels, Renamo.
The Mozambican military troops graduated on Friday at the
Zimbabwe Military Academy in Gweru after receiving training at several military
bases dotted across the country.
The training course content included foot and arms drill,
physical training, section and platoon battle drills, battle procedure, low
intensity operations and conventional warfare.
Mozambique is faced with a threat from Renamo rebels who are
training in preparation for "war" after demanding a re-negotiation of the 1992
Zimbabwe last week said it was closely monitoring the
situation in Mozambique following reports of growing signs of a civil war
breaking out in that country.
The Zimbabwe National Army Commander Lieutenant General
Phillip Valerio Sibanda who officiated at the graduation ceremony said the two
countries shared a strong military relationship that dated back to the
days of "our liberation" struggle and also during the Mozambican
disturbances in the early 1980s.
Zimbabwe deployed thousands of combat troops and heavy
artillery to shore up the Mozambican army during the armed conflict with
The Commander of the Mozambican Navy Rear Admiral Lazaro
Mienete thanked Zimbabwe for training their officers and said efforts should be
made to continuously hold joint military training programmes.
"The officers you have trained and are graduating today
have an important role to play back home," he said.
"We share a strong bond with Zimbabwe and this
relationship dates back to the days of Zimbabwe's liberation struggle and
Mozambican disturbances in the 1980s."
Dormant since October 1992 when the government and Renamo
signed a truce, the animosities were rekindled last week when attacks on police
and civilians resurfaced in central Sofala province.
An escalation of violence in Mozambique would have a serious
domino effect on Zimbabwe's shaky economy.
The landlocked country is currently importing 90% of its
fuel requirements through Mozambique via the 287km Beira-Feruka oil pipeline. - CAJ News