Mozambique: About 300 families return to live in at-risk areas in Zambezia
The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, clarified yesterday in the city of Beira, Sofala, that Mozambicans have no conflict of a religious nature, and it is therefore not acceptable that the armed men who sow terror, kill and burn houses in some areas of the province of Cabo Delgado should confused with believers in Islam.
Nyusi, who went to join the Muslim community in Beira to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, stressed that it is unacceptable to kill people in the name of any religion.
He recalled that Islam means peace, in words and deeds, and that it was therefore recommended that all Muslim believers condemn violence and ask Allah (God) to restore tranquillity to their compatriots in Cabo Delgado as urgently as possible.
“Those who practice evil are outside the pact between Man, Good and Islam. These must be denounced and isolated,” the head of state said, adding that Islam teaches that peace is practised with love for others and with justice.
Filipe Nyusi believes that after the sacrifice made during the month of Ramadan Muslim believers should wish each other good, sharing what little they have with those who have less, which according to president, means brotherhood, love and peace.
“In the same spirit, we want to conclude the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of the remaining Renamo armed men,” Nyusi said, broaching the theme to mention the meeting he recently held with the Renamo president which “took place in an environment of fraternity and brotherhood”.
“We, the Mozambicans, are proud to have the Muslim community increasingly present in times of suffering and joy,” the president said.
Abdul Wahid, president of the Sofala Muslim Association, spoke of the assistance provided by his religious organisation to the victims of tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth in the provinces of Inhambane, Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia, Nampula and Cabo Delgado, pledging to keep providing aid to those most in need.