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Time to revamp military training

The change in the law on armed forces conscription should encourage better quality training of new recruits

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. In a country with high youth unemployment, it is not surprising that the armed forces are not short of recruits. That is demonstrated by the fact that the defence ministry has beaten its target for registering people in the military census just done in Cabo Delgado province (see below). The census forms the basis for conscription into military service, although not everyone registered is conscripted.

From the Zitamar Live Blog:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Some 98,756 customers of Mozambique’s state-owned power utility, EDM, were without power by 1pm today, following the passage of severe storm Filipo, whose impacts included falling electricity poles, flooded equipment and snapped power cables. According to a statement by EDM, there are around 83,000 customers without power in the south of the country, 11,500 in the centre and 4,256 in the north. It added that it was working to gradually restore electricity supply. The statement is attached.

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