On Tuesday, Mozambique celebrated 44 years of independence by honouring Iain Christie, a Scottish-born journalist who once lived in the country for 25 years with his family in Maputo.
Christie first came to Africa in 1970 where he worked on newspapers in the capital of Tanzania, Dar es Salaam.
He used Tanzania as a base and was a great reporter on many liberation movements such as FRELIMO, a liberation army that was led by Samora Machel.
Christie had a good relationship with Machel and he once said, “I liked the party because I thought it approached liberation and socialism in a very interesting way.”
During his years in Mozambique, Christie managed to set up the English service of the Mozambique News Agency and trained journalists.
The journalists broadcasted on The Voice of Zimbabwe, which broadcasted from Maputo as the neighbouring countries also fought for independence.
44 years later, Mozambique still remembers Christie’s hard work and enthusiastic contributions to the country.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.