Mozambique: Stats stands up to Nyusi - By Joseph Hanlon
Photo: Facebook / Presidente Filipe Nyusi
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade met again in Maputo yesterday for “the alignment of what should happen until the conclusion of the peace agreement”.
The information was shared by the head of state at the 13th session of the National Authorising Officers of Portuguese-Speaking African Countries , Timor-Leste (PALOP-TL) and the European Union.
“Mozambique is stable, we are managing peace. In less than a week, it is the second meeting that I am holding. This is a concrete thing. The main result that the people want is stability and peace. We have achieved at least the cessation of hostilities since the end of 2016,” Nyusi was quoted as saying by Jornal Notícias.
For the Mozambican head of state, it is not enough that the country is stable, as long as peace continues to be under threat. It is important that the process of its maintenance is continuous.
The decentralisation of power is one part of the dialogue agenda between the government and Renamo. In this regard, Nyusi said that progress had been made, and that the process of discussing the laws that will guide the general elections and the provincial assemblies of October 15 was underway.
He stressed that it was important that the peace dossier be taken care of before the election happens. “We have been working in this direction,” he said, adding that “the elections in Mozambique happen cyclically, they happen, they do not fail”, adding “and we are doing everything so that they do not fail this time”.
According to Jornal Notícias, President Nyusi also informed PALOP-TL officials about the situation of the national economy. He said there was a financial crisis in the global context, intensified by the withdrawal of direct support to the state and the natural disasters that routinely afflict the country.
The president highlighted measures being taken to overcome this, including increasing production. “Production has been gradually growing. We have taken some economic management measures, including some reforms which stimulate production,” the head of state said.
At their first meeting last week in Maputo, Filipe Nyusi and Ossufo Momade expressed their willingness to honour all the commitments made under the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Matters in the light of political dialogue to achieve effective peace.
They instructed the work teams to accelerate the implementation of the schedule of activities foreseen in the memorandum. The Renamo president promised that the lists of those personnel to be integrated in the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) would soon be delivered.
The Mozambican head of state and the president of Renamo have agreed to complete the main phase, culminating in a peace agreement that will mark the final cessation of hostilities as soon as possible.Source: Folha de Maputo
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