Nyusi tells NGOs to "leave politics to politicians"
The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, said yesterday at Sant’Egidio that the dialogue with Renamo for the accomplishment of effective peace in Mozambique continues to progress, ensuring that the timetable for the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of residual combatants will be fulfilled.
Filipe Nyusi was speaking in Rome yesterday, after a meeting with founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, Andrea Riccardi.
The Community of Sant’Egidio played an important role in mediating the negotiations that led to the signing of the General Peace Accord in Rome in 1992, which led to the end of the war between the government forces and Renamo.
At yesterday’s meeting, President Nyusi expressed his desire to see representatives of this Sant’Egidio represented in an event marking the beginning of effective DDR implementation, at a date yet to be announced.
The Mozambican president also expressed gratitude for the solidarity manifested by the community during cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which this year affected provinces in the north and centre of the country.
Given the community’s links to the Catholic Church, preparations for the Pope’s visit to Mozambique in September were also reviewed.
In addition to the peace process in Mozambique, the Community of Sant’Egidio has, among other things, also been involved in improving the health conditions of Mozambicans by establishing a laboratory in Zimpeto, Maputo.
At the meeting with President Nyusi, Sant’Egidio announced that it intended to improve the services provided in Zimpeto and expand them to the city of Beira, in Sofala province.
President Nyusi had a very busy agenda yesterday, including meetings with representatives of several international organisations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
At the end of the day, the head of state met some of the Mozambican community living in Italy, which expressed concerns about the peace process, a fundamental condition for the country’s development; its inability to vote; and difficulties obtaining identification documents, including the passport.
Recognising the legitimacy of their concerns, Nyusi gave assurances that everything was being done to ensure that obtaining documents was made easier, noting, however, that Mozambique lacks the resources to solve all issues simultaneously.
He called on Mozambicans to continue to be creative and, if possible, to participate in the process of promoting the country’s image in order to contribute to attracting the investment needed for the country’s development.
Today, the second day of his visit to Italy, President Nyusi will be welcomed by his counterpart, Sergio Mattarella, and will hold a meeting with the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, in addition to leading a business forum.
Afterwards, the Mozambican statesman leaves for Milan, northern Italy, where tomorrow he will lead another business forum on hydrocarbons exploitation in the Rovuma Basin.Source: Noticias