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MI / António Niquice
The Frelimo party says it does not know the process of coercive charges to public officials for the holding of the 11th congress.
Speaking on Saturday in Maputo, António Niquice, a spokesman for the ruling party, said in a press conference that he did not know of any process of coercive collections from public officials in support of the 11th congress.
According to the Frelimo spokesperson, there is no record of a situation that might even resemble this (coercive collections for congress). The party has relied on voluntary contributions as is reported by the media, which has been witnessing fundraising parties and dinners, publicly and transparently held events, where members, militants and sympathisers support Frelimo on its path to continue being a reference party .
Niquice de-dramatises the alleged coercive collections on public officials, something already reported by some press, noting that the party’s contributions are publicly announced which is a gesture to congratulate members and supporters of the party and to encourage this act, as happens in any part of the world given that the party lives on quotas and support of its members.
“Frelimo privileges transparency, freedom of spontaneous contribution. These are the formulas adopted institutionally so that members continue to make Frelimo this unavoidable force in national and international political life,” said Niquice.
The Frelimo spokesman assured on the occasion that any other type of irregularity that transcends the parameters of announced contributions will be investigated, but ensured, however, that the contributions of members and supporters are made voluntarily and spontaneously in support of the cause and the party.
By Elísio MuchangaSource: Magazine Independente