Testimony of Edgar Lockwood, Executive Director of the Washington Office on Africa, before the Subcommittee on African Affairs, House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Aid Restrictions in Southern Africa

by Edgar Lockwood, Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
March 6, 1979
Publisher: Washington Office on Africa
10 pages
Testimony by Edgar Lockwood about legislative and administrative restrictions on economic and refugee assistance to Mozambique and Angola, following his three-week trip to four frontline states - Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia and Tanzania. During 12 days in Mozambique, he met with a special assistant to the President, leading scholars at Eduardo Mondlane University, and a number of expatriate "co-operants" who are providing technical services to Mozambique; he also visited an agricultural center in Gaza Province and the Tronfa refugee camp for Zimbabweans in Sofala Province. Lockwood described current U.S. restrictions on aid to the governments of Mozambique and Angola and refugees in those countries as dangerous and counterproductive to U.S. interests. Lockwood said both Mozambique and Angola have been used as base areas by liberation movements - Angola for SWAPO and ZAPU and Mozambique for ZANU. He noted that Western diplomacy on the Namibia conflict has received important support from Angola and Mozambique and that Angola has been remarkably co-operative with Western attempts to stabilize the situation in Shaba by placing restraints on the Congolese forces headed by General Mbumba. Lockwood said neither Angola nor Mozambique is a puppet of the Soviet Union or Cuba. The testimony discussed Frelimo and MPLA. Lockwood said the U.S. should give aid to refugees from Zimbabwe wherever they may be, including in Mozambique.
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root