In Dar es Salaam on Sunday (25th June), Tanzanian Government Representatives and senior officials of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) held a meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the nationalist organisation.
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Background: In Dar es Salaam on Sunday (25th June), Tanzanian Government Representatives and senior officials of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) held a meeting to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the nationalist organisation.
The solidarity meeting was chaired by Frelimo's Chief Tanzanian Representative Mr. Jaquin A. Chissano. In an address to the audience of several hundred -- many of them from Mazambique -- he stressed that the main weapon of Frelimo was unity. Several nationalist organisations had attempted to expel the Portuguese from Mozambique, he said, but it was not until the founding of Frelimo in 1962 that any impact was made on them. He went on to say that Frelimo had fought well during the last ten years, and he expected total victory within the next ten years.
Also on the dais at Sunday's meeting were Coast Regional Commissioner Mr. Peter Kisumo representing the government of Tanzania, Secretary of the Tanu Youth League Mr. Saruti, and a representative of the OAU.
Frelimo was formed in 1962 after an amalgamation of three guerrilla organisations. It started its military campaign in 1964, and reached a peak in 1969 when an estimated 6,000 guerrillas were operating in the northwestern Mozambique province of Teto, trying to stop the building of the Cabora Bassa dam. Frelimo have get up hospitals and education centres in Teto, a province the size of Britain, and claim control of the region.
The presence of official Tanzanian government representatives at Sunday's meeting was significant, in that Frelimo and other nationalist organisations have long complained of lack of support from established African governments. These governments in turn have pointed out the lack of stability in the organisations. In 1969, for example, Frelimo's founding President Dr. Eduardo Mondlane was killed by a parcel-bomb, and two months later a former leader of the movement defected to the Portuguese. Dr. Mondlane's wife was among the audience on Sunday.