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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, in his capacity as leader of the ruling Frelimo Party, on Wednesday laid the first stone for the building of a new pavilion which will host the Party’s 11th Congress, scheduled for September.
The pavilion is being built at the premises of the Frelimo Central School, in the southern city of Matola. The previous meeting hall was damaged in a storm earlier this year. Rather than repair the damage, Frelimo opted to demolish it, and build a new, larger meeting space.
The new pavilion covers 3,066 square metres, 666 square metres more than the previous one. In addition to the congress hall itself, which can hold 3,000 people, it will contain a room for the Party president (Nyusi), rooms for the honorary party chairperson, for the party secretariat and for the press. There will be two smaller meeting rooms.
Nyusi said that the new pavilion must resist extreme weather events. “The scale of the 11th congress required something additional because many people will participate, and we want the congress to be successful in content and in quality”, he added.
Frelimo has appealed to its members to raise funds for building the new pavilion, and he was sure that this fundraising effort, under way throughout the country, would be successful.
Frelimo General Secretary Eliseu Machava thanked members for their contribution. “This is a very important landmark in the history of our Party”, he said. “I want to thank all our militants who have accepted our appeal, and all members who are contributing to the grandeur of Frelimo”.
Neither Nyusi nor Machava gave the cost of the building, which should be completed within the next four months, in good time for the Congress.
“We know what we want and where we are going”, declared Nyusi. “This will be the Congress of tranquillity and of taking decisions in line with the problems of the Mozambican nation”.Source: AIM / Miramar