By Arnaldo Cuamba
Mozambican authorities in the municipality of Mocímboa da Praia, Cabo Delgado province, in the northern of the country, have declared night curfew due to a wave of armed attacks that since last year are terrorizing at least five districts in the province.
According to an advertisement displayed in the showcase of the municipality’s headquarters, it is forbidden the pedestrian and vehicular traffic, as well as the exercise of any commercial activity, film projection, discotheques in the radius from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
The measure, which has been in force since 24 January, aims to deal with the situation of instability by ensuring that the village is safe and protected in view of the continuation of extremist attacks which usually take place during the night and dawn.
Mocimboa da praia is the municipality that registered the first of the multiple attacks. The incursion of unknown armed men happened for the first time on October 5 and resulted in the death of 16 people. Hundreds of dead and burned houses are being counted today.
Offensives have left the population in a panic, prompting many to flee their homes and take refuge in neighboring towns.
The population and the government are shocked by the fact that none of these attacks has been publicly claimed. The source of funding, the type of military training and the real interests of the group in question are unclear.
However, for Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, the attacks have to do with the fact that Mozambique is a “desirable” country and therefore will always have its opponents who want to destabilize to withdraw the wealth, since not all countries have the concentration of resources available in Mozambique.
In his dialogue with the Defense and Security Forces on Saturday, Nyusi said that there will always be reasons to discredit the country in order to ensure that interest groups exploit the riches of Mozambicans. He called attention to the military to fight for the country.
“We will always defend this country until the last Mozambican; until the last soldier; until the last police guard. This is our mission, because this is the land that has seen us born, and it is from this land that we have to live, it is in this land that we have to raise our children, and also create well-being for the future through our wealth ” , he said.