Preparations for Frelimo congress "well advanced"
O País / Lutero Simango
At the parliamentary session drawing activities for the year to a close, Lutero Simango, the head of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique [MDM] parliamentary bench, said that his party was not at all happy with the current political situation in the country. In the opinion of the deputy, what he considers as an undeclared war is sowing mourning and violence across national daily life.
Simango believes that Mozambique can only meet its potential if citizens are more included, with changes to the constitution allowing the election of provincial governors and reducing the possibilities of conflicts for the future.
Simango referred to the side effects of violence used in attempts to reach political consensus, with the degradation of values and stopping of economic activities condemning the population to misery. It is in the interest of his party that those involved stop practicing armed democracy and enriching themselves at the expense of the people. “Think of the suffering and disgrace that the people live in, the emigrants and the small farmers who are left without land to cultivate,” said Simango, adding: “We have little time to save Mozambique. If we do not act now, we will end up like Sudan or Somalia.”
For the MDM, the notion of collective belonging is being compromised in favor of individual interests that only confirm that Mozambican society is sick. The cure, in the perception of the deputy, lies in the country’s greatest challenge: the rescuing of peace and the construction of a cohesive and non-partisan society.
According to Simango, bipartisan dialogue is not the way to achieve peace and national reconciliation. “I believe that dialogue in Mozambique should be national and inclusive, because the issue of peace is of interest to all Mozambicans,” he said.
In the economic sphere, his view was that “Trying to blame international markets for the financial crisis and cost of living in Mozambique is false. The cost of living in Mozambique is high because of the hidden debts and depreciation of the metical”.
The MDM continues to advocate the need for national and inclusive dialogue as the only way to reinvent the state and solve national problems.Source: O País