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Leader of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) Daviz Simango said on Monday that it is crucial to introduce political reforms for a “renewal of democracy” in the country, arguing that the “current situation is dangerous” for affirming the diversity of its population.
Speaking to journalists in Chimoio, central Mozambique, a day after the MDM’s National Council meeting, Simango stressed the importance of returning to multiparty, pluralistic democracy as opposed to the current “two-party or again one-party” and proposed an urgent revision of the constitution.
“It is MDM’s understanding that only with profound political reform aimed at consolidating the effective separation of powers, accompanied by an accelerated reform of the civil service, will more transparency be obtained,” Simango said.
The mayor of Beira, the country’s second largest city, says it is of the essence to “rid the country of ‘vende pátriias’” (sellers of the motherland) by means of reforms to put an end to authoritarianism, corruption and patronage.
“An effective social development policy is one that guarantees vulnerable social groups will not return to their previous situation of poverty and lack of freedom of choice,” the MDM leader continued, stressing the importance of independent political, social and economic institutions which were both inclusive and accountable.
Addressing ongoing instability in the country, Daviz Simango called on Mozambican authorities to restore confidence and put an end to military conflict between the armed wing of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the largest opposition party, and defence and security forces.
“And take concrete measures to overcome the economic crisis created by bad management,” he added, pointing out that poor governance is leading to the loss of purchasing power and scaring off investment.
Despite the resumption of negotiations, confrontations persist between Renamo and defence and security forces in central Mozambique, with the country also experiencing economic uncertainty caused by slowing growth, rising inflation and fall in value of the metical.
The revelation of large debts not declared by the government has led the International Monetary Fund and the group of international state budget donors to suspend financing to Mozambique.Source: Lusa