Mozambique: Campaign “lacks sense of peace and reconciliation" - AIM report
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Renamo president Ossufo Momade ended his pre-election campaign in the northern part of the country last Saturday, 24 August. The tour began in Nampula province on August 17, then went on to Cabo Delgado and ended in Niassa province.
In the three provinces, Ossufo Momade, who was accompanied by a number of MPs and his wife, met party members and supporters, led Renamo marches and held rallies where he spoke about the definitive peace agreement signed this month in Maputo.
“This month we signed two agreements with the government. On the 1st August, the cessation of military hostilities agreement and on the 6th, the Maputo Final Peace and National Reconciliation agreement. And, as the war is over, now is the time to turn our attention to next October’s elections ” Momade said, calling on Renamo members and supporters to respect the understanding reached with President Filipe Nyusi.
Besides the subject of definitive peace, the Renamo president focused his attention on the elections, and announced several plans if Renamo wins at the ballot box.
“We want to get the population out of the clutches of those who have been mismanaging Mozambique for over forty years. All this time they have done nothing for the development of the country but steal its riches and humiliate the population. But for that, we have to work hard to win the next elections and implement our projects,” Momade said, making promises to party members and supporters in the case of victory at each rally.
“We are going to look for investments for agriculture, and we have a plan to open banks to lend money to buy tractors, ploughs and other machinery that will guarantee enough agricultural production to feed our families and even to sell,” Momade promised.
He also pledged to end corruption, saying: “The police, nurses and teachers, are not guilty for charging the population because the salary they receive is small, nor can they feed their families. And to solve the problem, let’s raise salaries in the civil service in order to end corruption.”
Momade’s pre-election campaign also served as an opportunity to introduce the party’s candidates for the post of provincial governors.
These are Luis Mecupia, candidate for governor of Nampula, Angela Fernando for Cabo Delgado and Hilario Uaite for Niassa province. This last province, Momade said, had been forgotten by the current government.
At the end of his seven-day tour of the north of the country, the Renamo president gave an exclusive interview to O País, largely positive in tone, and appealed to party members and supporters and all competitors in the upcoming elections.
“We are prepared for an orderly election campaign, and we hope that all contestants will be guided by civility, and that in the end, unlike in previous elections, the country will be governed by those who are actually elected by the people,” he said
This was Ossufo Momade’s first visit and first direct contact as party chairman with Renamo members and supporters in the northern part of the country since the death of party leader Afonso Dhlakama.
By Hizidine AcháSource: O País
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