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No Namibian citizens in northern Mozambique: Katjavivi

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The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, on Wednesday said no Namibian citizens live in the northern part of Mozambique, where dozens of people were reportedly killed during attacks by armed militants.The attacks since last week have cent…

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi, on Wednesday said no Namibian citizens live in the northern part of Mozambique, where dozens of people were reportedly killed during attacks by armed militants.

The attacks since last week have centred on the northern Mozambican town of Palma, which is situated around 10 kilometres from a liquified natural gas project led by France’s Total and involving other international companies.

Katjavivi on Wednesday told parliamentarians so far, there are no indications of Namibians living in that part of the country and there are no reports of any Namibian caught in the crossfire.

Also commenting on the situation, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the political instability and attacks in that country are an ongoing concern not only for Namibia, but also on a regional level.

“It is a worrisome situation that has not just started with recent attacks, but is something that has been a concern for a while now,” she said.

Nandi-Ndaitwah added that the situation has been one of the agenda items on the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s Organ for Politics, Defence and Security and SADC is working on modalities on how to assist.

She further informed the MPs that Namibia as part of SADC is ready to offer assistance to Mozambique.

“But you also have to understand that in issues of international relations, sovereignty [of the effected country] come in. SADC, including Namibia, is ready to assist once all relevant necessary support required has been identified. If the situation is not out of control in as far as the country is concerned, we at regional level can only monitor,” she said, further noting that SADC forces are on standby and ready to assist.

Source: Namibia Press Agency