MOAZAMBIQUE, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sworn into office new leaders of the defence and security forces with a call for them to forestall any situation which may endanger the sovereignty of the State.

He swore into office here Monday Julio dos Santos Jane as General Director of the State Intelligence and Security Service (SISE); Lazaro Menete as Chief of Staff of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM); and Bernadino Rafael and Timoteo Bernardo as General Commander and Deputy General Commander of the police.

Nyusi said the new appointments were intended to guarantee Mozambican sovereignty and create adequate conditions for citizens to enjoy their rights.

He said Jane was taking on the task of leading SISE at a time when we are facing new phenomena which, by their peculiarity, may affect our security and hence our sovereignty. Nyusi was not specific, but presumably he had in mind such incidents as the abortive raid by an Islamist group on the northern town of Mocimboa da Praia on Oct 5.

The fundamental task of SISE, stressed the President, was to collect, systematise and produce data on threats which could endanger the democratic State and rule of law enshrined in the Mozambican Constitution. It is important that this work be undertaken in due time to prevent what is today a threat from becoming tomorrow a fait accompli with serious repercussions on State security, he added.

The new leaders of the defence and security forces, the President said, are taking office at a time when the country, the region and the world are facing great challenges with regard to peace.

A context like this demands a simultaneous vision of different domains. You should opt for a new stance that anticipates phenomena which could ensure future success, the president stressed.