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DW (File photo) / Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, president of Mozambique
President Filipe Nyusi announced in his Easter message that he believes the country is “striding forward” towards “effective peace”.
“This celebration takes place at a time when Mozambican society is striding towards the establishment of consensuses conducive to a harmonious and concordant relationship resulting from the ongoing dialogue for effective peace,” the president’s message reads.
In the message, Nyusi calls for faith in a “radiant future, even at times when our paths are winding or our capacities are not at their best”, referring to the serious financial crisis that the country is facing.
National Institute of Statistics of Mozambique (INE) figures show annual inflation reached 25.27 percent in December 2016, severely curtailing the purchasing power of ordinary Mozambicans.
“United in difference, but with the same purpose, we can, with much work, build a country of well-being for all,” the president says.
Truce lasts for almost four months
A truce in Mozambique’s political and military crisis was declared in December
The conflict opposes the state Defence and Security Forces and the armed wing of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the country’s largest opposition party, which claims victory in the general elections of 2014, accusing the Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo), the party in power for more than 40 years now, of electoral fraud.
Traffic on some of the main roads in the centre of the country was subject to compulsory military escorts as a result of the fighting, The instability drove thousands from their homes, closed schools in Manica and prompted hunger in Vanduzi.
Displaced people in Vanduzi
At the end of December, a telephone conversation between the Mozambican president and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama gave rise to a one-week “gesture of goodwill” truce, later extended by Dhlakama to allow room for negotiations. The latest 60-day renewal was offered in March.
On the agenda are decentralisation, the depoliticisation of the Defence and Security Forces, the disarmament of the armed wing of the opposition and their reintegration into civilian life.Source: Deutsche Welle