From UDENAMO to FRELIMO and Mozambican Diplomacy


London Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Biography/Memoir

Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Biography/Memoir


London Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Biography/Memoir

Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Biography/Memoir

The historical facts narrated here relate to the various stages of the Struggle, creating a fascinating set of collective memories that embody the role of the Freedom Fighters in obtaining justice and developing Mozambique. The narrative begins with organizational efforts in Dar es Salaam, then moves to the educational centers and military training that took place in Tanzania, with particular emphasis paid to Kongwa and Nachingwea and special discussions about retrieving supplies and infiltrating weapons and other military provisions. Finally, the Freedom Fighters mobilized and included the population in education and agricultural production. The history and the depiction of direct combat with the enemy make this a story that must be read.

The statements in this book are a testament of a shared journey of struggle, friendship and camaraderie cultivated over the years of the Struggle. The Liberation Struggle of Mozambique was one fought on political, military and diplomatic fronts. Lopes Tembe reminds us of this multifaceted experience where regional and international solidarity played an unforgettable role.
– Joaquim Alberto Chissano

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Lopes Tembe Ndelana






6 x 9

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About the Author

Lopes Tembe Ndelana was born on March 20, 1937, in Maputo. He is married and has six children. He attended primary school in South Africa at the Holy Cross and Swiss Mission Schools. He studied through the International Correspondence School (Cape Town), Kwame N’kruma Institute (Wineba, Ghana), Kivokoni College (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) and at the Military Academy of Enchasse in Egypt.

His long career began in 1974 at the Office of the Prime Minister of the Transitional Government in the Department of International Cooperation. He was later promoted to Chief of State Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1975-1978) and then served as Deputy Director of the National Commission for Communal Villages (1978-1983). He was also Member of Parliament between 1977 and 1994.

Lopes Tembe Ndelana is currently a retired Ambassador. He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mozambique to the Peoples Republic of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pakistan and Japan (1983 and 1989); and the Republic of Zimbabwe and Botswana (1989-1996). He served in the Kingdom of Swaziland between 1996 and 1998. He is a polyglot who speaks English, Portuguese, Swahili, ChiNyanja, Ronga, Zulu and Shona.