Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Angola thwarts Congolese 'invasion'

By ARNALDO VIEIRA in Luanda | Monday, October 28  2013 at  17:55
President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
Angola has stopped Congo Brazzaville soldiers from setting up a post at Kitembo in Cabinda Province, Luanda authorities confirmed.
The authorities said that was not the first attempt by the neighbouring forces.
Kitembo is a locality in Belize Municipality, about 196km from Cabinda and about 10km from Congo Brazzaville.
Cabinda, which is located 383km north of the capital Luanda, is Angola's smallest province, covering 7,000 km/sq.
It borders the Republic of Congo to the north and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to the east and south.
“The 46 members of the Congo Brazzaville army who had built three wooden barracks were detected and asked to peacefully return to their country,” Angolan media quoted Mr Lourenço Deia, the Cabinda’s Border Police boss, as saying.
Meanwhile, Mozambique’s Prime Minister Alberto Clementino António Vaquina told journalists Sunday in Luanda that despite the current political and military situation, his country remained peaceful.
“During the last 10 years, the situation has been good despite the opposition Remano refusing to take part in elections and inviting citizens to boycott the democratic processes, he said.
Mr Vaquina said the Mozambique’s government would be working with the democratically created institutions to enable everyone respect the constitution.
Remano accuses President Armando Guebuza and his party Frelimo of monopolising the political and economic space in a country where more than half the population still lives in poverty.
It is demanding an overhaul of what it says is a flawed electoral system.
Mr Vaquina also said his country wanted to improve bilateral ties with Angola and identify new areas for cooperation.
He added that agriculture, livestock rearing, tourism, mineral resources and hydro power generation were the priority areas for the two countries' cooperation.
“We want to learn from the Angolan experience in developing an economy and improving the population's wellbeing,” he said.