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The Mozambican democracy is going through a phase of “silence” on the major issues facing the country, and political parties have opted for an attitude of “convenience” towards power, journalist and political analyst Salomão Moiane said yesterday.
Speaking at a seminar titled “Party Initiatives on Development and Peace,” Moiane said that the opposition parties and citizens in general have lacked the ability to call the government to account on the problems threatening society.
“As long as the extra-parliamentary opposition political parties continue to hold a hotel and air-conditioned opposition without going to the rural areas , they will never be relevant nor even reach parliament,” he says.
Considering the extra-parliamentary parties as “convenient and toothless,” Moiane advocates a more active opposition that presents alternative policies to those implemented by the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) executive.
“Mozambique must be the only country in the world where democracy is silent, where, faced with the complexity of the country’s problems, such as war, economic crisis and corruption, political parties and civil society do not express themselves, do not go out onto the streets,” said Moiane.
Mozambican society, he went on, must take a step forward in building the democratic system, stop practising democracy which is merely representative, and move on to more participatory democracy.
“Democracy does not end in the election or removal of the rulers, it is not exhausted only by voting,” he added.
Miguel Mabote, president of the extra-parliamentary Partido Trabalhista (PT), declared that opposition which does not have seats in the Assembly of the Republic faces challenges presenting alternatives outside the electoral calendar.
“We have to decide whether we are acting or just a scrap of democracy, with parties that only exist every five years,” said Mabote.
João Massango, president of the Partido Ecologista, also said that the opposition should make more of presenting proposals that solve society’s most pressing problems.
“It is up to us to make this contribution, as an alternative to power. We have to get out of a performance that boils down to only conferences and move out into the country,” he said.Source: Lusa