Mozambique is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its independence from Portugal on Thursday in the capital Maputo. Mozambique
The President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, and his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Kikwete, who arrived in Maputo on Wednesday, are among the heads of state and government who are to take part in the celebrations.
Namibia’s President Hage Geingob is also in Mozambique for the same reason. The Malawian President Peter Mutharika is expected in the capital on Thursday, according to his foreign minister George Chaponda.
Tanzania was the rear base for Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo party during the ten years of struggle for Mozambique’s independence. Frelimo as a movement had its headquarters in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam.
Some of Frelimo’s combatants were the first to be trained militarily in the East African country from the 1960s, until Mozambique acquired its independence from Portugal in 1975. The main Frelimo’s military training camp was at Nachingwea in the south of Tanzania.
Tanzania was also the first country to open its high commission in Maputo, during the leadership of the late president, Julius Nyerere.
Mozambique was as well the shelter of Zimbabwean troops during its struggle until it achieved independence in 1980 from the former Ian Smith’s regime.
In turn, Zimbabwe helped Mozambique’s ruling party in its war against the former rebel movement Renamo. Zimbabwean troops took part in offensives against Renamo fighters in the center of the country between the 1980s and 1992, until peace was achieved in the former Portuguese colony in 1994.
Both Zimbabwe and Tanzania enjoy strong friendship and cooperation relations with Mozambique. Enditem


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.