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Mugabe opens 10th 'African spies summit'

by Staff reporter
06 May 2013 at 10:22hrs | Views
President Robert Mugabe says Africa's continental sovereignty is under threat because of failure to address African security challenges.

He said there is need to eliminate the need for external interference in the continent's internal affairs.

President Mugabe was speaking at the official opening of the tenth Committee of Intelligence and Security Services Conference underway in Harare.

President Mugabe said, "Greater collaboration of the intelligence and security services should be promoted to arrest armed conflicts which have an impact on the ability of the continent to exploit fully its natural resources."

"Africa should be proactive in using her resources for her development agenda," he said.

The President noted the renewed economic interests in Africa by the west which is crafting policies for interventions in the continent, and called for the intelligence apparatus to come up with   counterstrategies to deal with the imminent challenges.

He advised the intelligence supremoes to equip their governments with tools to enhance the capacity to deal with challenges of external interference.

The Central Intelligence Organisation boss, Retired Major-General Happton Bonyongwe has assumed the chairmanship of CISSA for the next year.

Earlier, Rt Maj-Gen Bonyogwe said the conference will review the security situation as Africa's collaboration has become critical with the growing threat of neo-colonialism.

He said Africa has been lagging behind in development due to over reliance on western donors.

Bonyongwe said African governments should address the issue of poverty through the exploitation of their natural resources.

He also said cooperation in the security sector is important due to the dynamic geopolitical forces.

The outgoing CISSA chairman, General Rashid Lallali said African intelligence apparatus have the capacity to deal with threats through collaboration.

The official opening ceremony was attended by intelligence chiefs from CISSA member states, cabinet ministers, a representative of the AU chairperson, Ambassador Ramtane Lamamra, CISSA Executive Secretary Isaac Moyo, State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, academics, religious leaders, service chiefs and other senior government officials.

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Source - zbc