Mozambique: Political turmoil should not be reason for despair – Guebuza
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Tuesday called on Mozambicans not to despair with the current climate of tension that the country is going through in which gunmen attack civilian vehicles and murder innocent travelers, APA learns here.
Speaking to reporters in Maputo during Tuesday’s celebrations of the country’s 38th Independence Anniversary, Guebuza considered this as a test for the determination of Mozambicans to remain united in building the country and the fight against poverty.
“Some people are not only impatient, which is obvious, but are desperate and think that everything is over. But even in the life of every individual there are periods when people are tested in their determination to do things. And to be tested should prove that they actually believe in the principles and their determination to overcome poverty and suffering and doing it mainly by ensuring that there is peace, “said Guebuza.
In recent weeks, more than a dozen citizens and officials of the defence and security forces were killed in attacks in Sofala province, the center of the country by armed men believed to be Renamo, which is also the largest opposition force in the country.
The latest attacks occurred last week, targeting an arms depot in Dondo district, the central province of Sofala and seven soldiers were gunned down before the depot was looted and days later, attacks began on the national highway linking the country’s southern and northern regions targeting travelers under heavy military escort.
For Guebuza, the registration of isolated incidents in the country cannot be interpreted as the end of peace in Mozambique. “The government remains firm in its determination, through dialogue, to find answers to these questions,” he said.
Renamo, which maintains armed men in their bases since the signing of the comprehensive peace agreement in 1992, is interpreted as a way to pressure the government to respond positively to their demands in the negotiations underway in the country for months now.