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The Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, headed by Joaquim Veríssimo, yesterday finally responded to the group of young people who had waited months for the ministry’s go-ahead to create a new political party.
The response was delivered almost at the end of business hours on Monday, and the new party’s proponents must, in the coming days, make the necessary payment for publication in the Government Gazette, the ‘Boletim da República’.
Proponents of the new ‘PODEMOS’ – or ‘Optimistic Party for the Development of Mozambique’ – say they believe in the “prosperity of Mozambicans” and of Africa in general, and identify themselves the “continued defenders and followers of the principles and values that guided the various struggles for the independence of the countries of our continent”.
The ministry’s response to the group, as we mentioned in Monday’s edition, was on hold because of suspicions of possible connections that the new political organisation has with young Samora Machel Júnior.
Most of the known members of the organisation were part of the Youth Development Association of Mozambique (Ajudem), which backed Samora Machel Júnior when the son of Samora and Josina Machel was rejected as Frelimo candidate for the Municipal Council of City of Maputo in recent elections.
Samora Machel Júnior, at the time publicly voicing his revulsion at what he called a “violation of the Frelimo party statutes”, left open the idea that he would continue his political career independently. At the time he said something like “One door had closed, but another could open”.
One member of the new political organisation would not acknowledge any connection Samora Junior might have with the organisation, but, following the logic of a party open to all good people, said that nothing should come as a surprise. “If he is part of it, it would be the most natural thing in the world because, by chance, there are points of view that he seems to share,” our interlocutor said.Source: Savana
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