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    23 September, 2009
Renamo calls for abolition of conscription
 

Renamo has made abolition of conscription a plank in its election campaign. Speaking in the central city of Beira on 17 September, the Renamo Sofala Provincial Delegate, Fernando Mbararano, said it was urgent to replace the current conscript army with a force formed exclusively of volunteers.

He claimed that compulsory military service meant that young people are dragged out of school or out of their jobs and forced to enter the army (though in fact the law on conscription envisages exemption in such cases). He argued that, after completing their two years of military service these young Mozambicans are marginalized, with no guarantee that they will be able to resume their education and employment.

For its part, the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) is promising the electorate of Beira that it will reverse the current shortage of jobs and homes for young people. The Sofala MDM delegate, Manuel Joaquim, promised that an MDM government would build 25,000 new houses a year, with money from taxation, but would not have to increase taxes to do so.

Frelimo has set itself the task of seizing control of Sofala from the opposition. Sofala has long been an opposition stronghold, though Frelimo’s vote in the province did increase in the 2004 election. Of the current 22 parliamentary seats in Sofala, six are held by Frelimo and 16 by Renamo. The main threat to Renamo in the province comes not from Frelimo, but from the MDM, who’s leader Davis Simango won re-election to the post of mayor of Beira last November, with 62 per cent of the vote.

 
 
  2 December, 2019  
 
AIDS related deaths fell 20 percent over five years
 
President Filipe Nyusi declared on 1 December in the northern city of Nampula that the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in Mozambique fell by 20 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

 
  18 November, 2019  
 
President addresses Catholic Bishops
 
President Filipe Nyusi on 16 November challenged the Catholic Church to continue its commitment to achieving the social well-being of Mozambicans and indicated that dialogue should be one of the paths chosen.

 
  17 November, 2019  
 
New water system for Gorongosa inaugurated
 
More than 30,000 people will benefit from clean drinking water in Gorongosa town, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, thanks to a new water supply system that President Filipe Nyusi inaugurated on 15 November.

 


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