The President of FRELIMO - the future governing party of Mozambique - gave special permission for the bodies of three FRELIMO soldiers to be buried in Zambia.
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Background: The President of FRELIMO - the future governing party of Mozambique - gave special permission for the bodies of three FRELIMO soldiers to be buried in Zambia. The three men - Naot Maseliso, Lourenco Maboth, and Goliath Mandengo - died in mysterious circumstances in what has been described as "a road accident", on Saturday (17 May).
The military burial of the soldiers took place in Lusaka Zambia, on Friday, (23 May). Present at the ceremony was the Secretary General of Zambia's ruling UNIP party, Mr. Grey Zulu.
During the ceremony Mr. Zulu called on Zambian and Mozambique soldiers to unite and defend the territorial integrity of both Zambia and Mozambique. He said that Zambians and Mozambique lived in a disturbed area and there were some people who were "violating Zambian airspace".
"We shall therefore need dedicated soldiers to defend the integrity of both Zambia and Mozambique" said Mr. Zulu.
The FRELIMO President, Mr. Samora Machel, sent a message of condolence in which he said "We would like to express and reassures comrades in arms of the Zambian Army that we understand the circumstances of the car accident in which three of our comrades lost their lives".
FRELIMO's representative in Zambia, Mr. Raphael Maguni, also attended the ceremony. In a short address he said that FRELIMO considered the blood of the soldiers to be "a fertiliser to the solidarity now existing between Zambia and Mozambique".