Mozam­bique safety fears

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

MA­PUTO: Lon­don-listed Rio Tinto said yes­ter­day it was with­draw­ing ex­pa­tri­ate em­ploy­ees’ fam­i­lies from Mozam­bique over safety con­cerns, but its coal min­ing and ship­ment op­er­a­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

The move re­flected grow­ing in­ter­na­tional alarm over in­se­cu­rity in Mozam­bique, which has seen a rise in kid­nap­pings in cities and where gov­ern­ment forces have clashed with Re­n­amo op­po­si­tion guer­ril­las in the cen­tre and the north.

“The safety of em­ploy­ees and their fam­i­lies is the num­ber one pri­or­ity,” Rio Tinto Coal Mozam­bique said.

The firm mines coal in north-west Tete prov­ince and rails it to the coast. – Reuters

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