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Mozambican opposition parties in parliamentary yesterday expressed their dissatisfaction with the report on the State of the Nation presented by the country’s president, Filipe Nyusi.
The main opposition party in Mozambique, the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), called the information the president gave to parliament “an illusion”, saying that it had expected more data on the hidden debts process and the economic crisis.
“The Mozambican president is part of the people mentioned in this case. Therefore, it was time for him to talk about this issue, which is important to Mozambicans,” Muhamad Yassine said, adding that “it was Renamo that ‘dragged’ the government into an agreement on the peace talks”.
“It was in this term of office that the worst of the political atrocities happened. One cannot say that the state is hopeful while all that political rot happened in this term of office,” the Renamo deputy said.
In his annual report to the Assembly of the Republic, the Mozambican president said that the state of the nation “is one of hope and a promising horizon”, highlighting developments in the agreement for the definitive cessation of military hostilities between the government and the main opposition party expected to be signed this Thursday, and the prospects for natural gas exploitation.
“We take a negative view, as the Mozambican president seems to live in a different Mozambique from this one,” Fernando Bismarque, spokesman for the Mozambique Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) bench, said moments after the speech by the head of the Mozambican state in parliament.
The MDM deputy feels the Mozambican head of state’s analysis is illusory and avoids the main challenges facing the country, pointing to the lack of more detailed information about the hidden debt scandals and the economic crisis facing the country.
“There is more poverty, insecurity, and a hybrid dictatorship system. There are problems of freedom of expression,” he added, calling the announcement of an agreement for the definitive cessation of military hostilities between the government and Renamo “a piece of theatre”.
In a speech focused more on analysis of the five-year term of office about to end, Filipe Nyusi said that his government had managed to keep the country standing in the face of the economic and financial crisis caused by hidden debts, finding more favourable forms of financing in the international market.
“We can say today that we have crossed a sea of adversity; we have overcome these difficulties because we were clear about our path and certain of our destination,” he said.Source: Lusa