MOZAMBIQUE REGISTERS FEWER BORDER CROSSINGS IN LAST FESTIVE SEASON

The number of people entering and leaving Mozambique during the recent 2016-17 festive season fell sharply compared with numbers in the two previous years.

The authorities had launched Operation Salama on Dec 14 to ensure a peaceful environment over the holiday period. This operation came to an end on Monday, and in the closing ceremony, held in Boane, about 30 kilometres west of Maputo, the General Director of Mozambican Customs, Aly Mala, said that about 400,000 people, and 116,000 vehicles had crossed the country’s borders during this period.

This is less than half the 900,000 people the immigration authorities had expected to cross the borders.

Over the same period in the 2015-16 festive season, 690,000 people entered or left the country, and the previous year’s the figure was about 700,000.

The independent news-sheet Mediafax quoted Mala as saying that the sharp reduction could be blamed on the international financial situation, and on the insurrection by Mozambique’s Renamo rebel movement.

As for public order during the festive period, the commander of public order and security in the police force, Xavier Tocoli, said this had been the calmest Christmas and New Year period for several years, and there had been no significant disturbance.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK