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Filipe Nyusi, president of Frelimo and of the Republic of Mozambique, joined with his party’s parliamentary bench on Tuesday (April 30), at a meeting that was extended to other party members and members of the government.
Party deputy whip Margarida Talapa congratulated Filipe Nyusi on the mobilisation of aid for the victims of the recent natural disasters in the country and on his leadership of the party.
“Comrade President, the Frelimo parliamentary bench salutes you for the patriotic way in which you have been able to mobilise the nation and the world to rescue and support those affected and to mitigate the disastrous effects of the Cyclones Kenneth and Idai that devastated the provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia Tete, Cabo Delgado and some districts of Nampula,” Talapa said.
Talapa hailed Nyusi for the successes achieved in the process of decentralisation and peace, saying that “the country and the world has witnessed that you are doing everything you can to secure, once and for all, harmony, reconciliation and an effective and lasting peace in Mozambique”.
Responding, Filipe Nyusi laid out the situation of Cyclone Kenneth victims, including worrying reports of difficulties of access to locations such as Ibo island and the district of Quissanga, promising more information soon.
“Up until now, we have only had information from Macomia, which we thought had suffered worse damage,” but Quissanga may be worse, Nyusi said, with even masonry houses suffering.
“The number of deaths has so far reached 41. As you can see, up until yesterday morning we were talking about one or two more, but now we are getting to Ibo, where there has been a lot of damage, which means that we don’t know exactly, but we will certainly know much more tomorrow (Wednesday), when we will speak to the nation saying exactly what happened,” the president said.
Filipe Nyusi then went on to address Frelimo’s objectives for the next elections.
“Our mission, dear comrades, is to win the elections in all provinces and ensure that they are governed by Frelimo,” he said.
The one-day Frelimo meeting also examined the president’s latest state of the nation report, the relationship between the parliamentary bench and the executive, and other internal party issues.
By Luís Mazoio
Source: O País