Mozambique: Military deal may be close - By Joseph Hanlon
Yesterday, President Nyusi began a three-day visit to the province of Maputo. His first stop was the village of Macaneta, in the district of Marracuene, where he visited an agricultural fair and presided over a popular rally in the village, which has recently gained a bridge.
Nyusi said that he was going to Marracuene to monitor compliance with the government’s Five-Year Plan, and asked the population of Macaneta to take advantage of agricultural, tourism and fishing potential, so that they could contribute to the country in its time of crisis.
Macaneta residents welcomed the growth in a number of areas that the region was experiencing, having acquired a secondary school, a health centre, electricity and, with the new bridge, easy and safe access to the district headquarters.
The president stressed that increasing production was the solution to the district’s problems.
Working to overcome the crisis
President Nyusi told people at the rally that he was visiting the district not only to monitor the fulfilment of the Five Year Plan, but also to lay out what had been done and what there still remained to do. He invited those present to come up onto the stage to say what they thought had gone wrong, what there was to correct and how to improve the lives of the residents of Macaneta and Marracuene in general.
The Chief of Land, Carlos Macaneta, was the first to address the president. He praised the government for its achievements in recent years and cited the opening of the secondary school, the health and the provision of electricity. But what pleased him most, he said, was the construction of the bridge over the Incomati river, which, he said, would add dynamism to Macaneta beach tourism. Macaneta said that residents who previously only engaged in fishing could now also work in tourist resorts. improve their homes and send their children to school.
Fernando Massinga, from the village of Hobwana, said that his locality had been forgotten. They had been promised a school in 1998, but 19 years later, there was still none, and children continued to learn seated on the ground under trees and in the Catholic church chapel. They had to travel seven kilometres to access health care, and had no electricity.
Residents of Taúla administrative post also requested electricity and a road. They said they had enormous agricultural and tourism potential, but places like Machubo were difficult to reach, and this was putting investors off.
President Nyusi said he took note of their concerns, but called on residents to devote more time to work, because work would address any reason they had to complain about the economic crisis. He advised them to prioritise agriculture because of the Incomati river’s extensive low-lying land, and said that the area’s extensive beaches would favour both the development of tourism and fishing.Source: O País
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