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Mozambican President Wants Transparency in the Recruitment of Military Personnel

Mozambican President Wants Transparency in the Recruitment of Military Personnel

The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, warned this Monday, November 21, about the risk of corruption making recruitment to the Armed Defense Forces of Mozambique (FADM) vulnerable to infiltration by “agents of the enemy” and “individuals with unrelated agendas.” 

“The recruitment process [in the FADM] should not be characterized by corruption, to avoid the incorporation of agents of the enemy,” said Nyusi, during the opening of the coordinating council of the Ministry of Defense of Mozambique. 

For the head of state, “some threats arise from internal dynamics” and, therefore, “scrutiny” should be strengthened in the entry into the FADM and for the Civic Service of Mozambique.

“The FADM and the Civic Service of Mozambique cannot welcome individuals with alien agendas,” he said.

Filipe Nyusi also said that the terrorism that has plagued the province of Cabo Delgado for five years creates “an environment of chaos” that encourages the emergence of other types of crimes such as trafficking of drugs, weapons and human organs. 

“We urgently need to combat these phenomena in a planned, organized and determined way, at the risk of mortgaging the happy destiny we want,” Nyusi said. 

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Cabo Delgado province is rich in natural gas, but has been terrorized since 2017 by armed violence, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

The insurgency led to a military response just over a year ago, with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), liberating districts near gas projects, but new waves of violence have erupted in the south of the region and in neighboring Nampula province.

In five years, the conflict has left one million people displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and about 4,000 dead, according to the ACLED conflict registration project.

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