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Governor Victor Borges with mayor Paulo Vahanle ( left). Photo: Conselho Municipal de Nampula / Facebook
The governor of the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, Victor Borges, on Friday urged residents of the province to ignore the words of anyone inciting violence, disobedience and the return to war.
He was speaking in Nampula city at the ceremonies marking “Victory Day”, the 44th anniversary of the agreement on Mozambican independence, signed in Lusaka on 7 September 1974 between the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) and the Portuguese government.
Borges stressed the importance of all Mozambicans committing themselves to peace. “President Filipe Nyusi has achieved important consensus for the consolidation of peace, but it is important that each of us does something and pays no heed to those who want a return to war”.
He condemned the terrorist acts committed by Islamic fundamentalists in the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado, who have attacked and murdered unarmed civilians, but he was sure that with the commitment of all to stepping up production, development will become a reality in Mozambique.
“We all have the mission to promote peace and stability”, he said. “That’s why today we remember those who fell in the fight for our independence, we remember where we came from, for history is not erased”.
A representative of the veterans of the liberation war, Remigio Andre, also denounced the terrorist groups who have been destabilising the northern districts of Cabo Delgado. “In Mozambique there is no room for war”, he declared. “We fought for independence, peace and development. Now we are encouraging young people to produce to create income for their families”.
The Mayor of Nampula, Paulo Vahanle, also attended the ceremony, although his party, the former rebel movement Renamo, usually boycotts such state events. He too called for peace and paid tribute to those who had fallen.
“I want to express my solidarity with all our fellow countrymen who laid down their lives for the cause of national independence”, said Vahanle.Source: AIM