Mozambique: Missing Zimbabwean feared dead

by | Apr 12, 2021 | International, Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

A male Zimbabwean national, Mr Nyasha Mugwagwa who has been reported missing in the town of Palma, in the troubled Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, is reported to be dead.

In a statement issued on April 12 2021, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador James Manzou confirmed that indeed Mr Nyasha Mugwagwa was among the twelve victims of a terrorist attack on the town of Palma which occurred on March 24 2021.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, in the last statement of April 8 2021, confirmed that one Zimbabwean was yet to be accounted for.
Emerging eye witness accounts are confirming that Mr Nyasha Mugwagwa, a Zimbabwean that worked for Remote Site Solutions (RSS) company in Palma, was among the twelve that were killed in Palma by the insurgents.
The twelve have since been buried by the local authorities as their bodies were in a state of advanced decomposition,” said Ambassador Manzou in a statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to do all that is possible to identify and repatriate the body to Zimbabwe for burial.

“Under such conditions, pathological expertise is required to identify the bodies.
The government of Zimbabwe is therefore working with the government of Mozambique to identifying the bodies. Once one of the bodies is confirmed to be of Mr Mugwagwa, the government will facilitate the repatriation process,” the statement continues.

Government is therefore inviting all relatives with family members missing from the disturbances that rocked the Mozambican town of Palma and elsewhere to get in touch with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The family of Mr Nyasha Mugwagwa also confirmed his sad passing in a statement circulated on the social media platform. The family is appealing for any help to get Mr Mugwagwa’s body home for a decent burial so that the family finds closure.

Zimbabwe, together with other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states, is working closely with the Mozambican government to find the most suitable and effective regional strategy to end terrorist activity in Cabo Delgado and to safeguard and ensure the peace and security of Mozambique and the region at large.

The African Union has affirmed its unwavering support to the regional intervention efforts to quell the insurgency before the region suffers more casualties and disturbances to peace and security.
The killing and displacement of foreign African nationals working in Palma and surrounding districts in Mozambique give impetus to the regional initiative to expedite military intervention to protect innocent citizens and safeguard business interest.