More Mozambican nationals continue to free their country amid fighting between FRELIMO and RENAMO parties as about 87 refugees seek refuge in the lower shire district of Nsanje.
This follows the killings of civilians who are suspected to be in support of the opposition party, RENAMO under the leadership of Alfonso Dhlakama.
Speaking to the Malawi News Agency at Nsanje’s Dinde Primary School where the refugees are being temporarily sheltered, one of them, Thamanda Pensulo said they have spent four days walking from their home district of Mupeya in Zambezia Province to Malawi using unchartered routes.
“We have travelled by foot all the way from Mupeya district in Zambezia Province. Things are not that good in Mozambique as civilian people who are suspected to be royal to RENAMO leader Dhlakama are being killed by RENAMO forces.
“We thought of freeing ourselves as we feared for our lives,” said Pensulo.
Nsanje district Director of Administration, Redgson Nkolombwe said the district has received a total of 87 Mozambican nationals who are seeking refuge.
Nkolombwe said the district council through the Malawi government is trying to mobilize resources to cater for those who have been located at Dinde Primary School.
“We are trying our best to mobilize resources so that they can have something to survive on. We have advised them (refugees) to provide food to the children first before the adults take their portions. We know that children who are in large numbers need more for their growth,” said Nkolombwe.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Mozambique’s Consulate General in Malawi, Felicina Zaqueu Mondlane made a visit Tuesday to the temporary refugees camp in a fact finding mission.
“After receiving information that you are in Malawi, I decided to come and appreciate the issue. I have seen the situation and as Mozambican government, we are going to talk to Malawi government to see how best we can assist you,” said Mondlane.
She further asked the refugees to show good morals, respect the communities in the district but also abide by the laws of Malawi.
“Let me advise you fellows to follow the country’s laws. You also need to respect the people you have found here (Malawi) and show good behaviours,” advised Mondlane.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :