FRELIMO claims membership rise of almost 10 per cent

Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo Party announced on Saturday that since the party’s Tenth Congress, held in September last year, the number of Frelimo members has risen by 9.6 per cent.

Figures given at a meeting of the Frelimo Central Committee, under way since Friday in the southern city of Matola, indicate that over this period total membership has risen from 3,510,577 to 3,884,115.

Speaking to reporters, the Central Committee spokesperson, Damiao Jose, said that the challenge now is to increase still further the number of Party members.

A further challenge is to press members to obey the statutory requirement to pay their membership dues. Jose stressed that the membership dues “are our main source of income”.

He declined to reveal how much money is raised from membership dues, but guaranteed that around 90 per cent of Frelimo members are paying.

Jose also declared that Frelimo is working hard to win the November local elections in all 43 municipalities, including the two cities (Beira and Quelimane) currently run by the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM).

“Clearly this objective will be achieved, given the level of satisfaction of citizens in the municipalities governed by Frelimo and in those in the hands of the opposition”, said Jose.

“The preparation for these elections began in 2009, immediately after the results of the general elections of that year were announced”, he said.

He admitted, however, that not all the promises made in the Frelimo election manifestos for the 2008 municipal elections have yet been fully honoured, but he thought there was still time to comply with the manifestos before the elections.

Earlier this month, Frelimo General Secretary Filipe Paunde visited the municipalities in Maputo province and expressed concern at the situation in Matola, where only 80 per cent of the Frelimo manifesto has been implemented. There is friction between the mayor of Matola, Arao Nhancale, and the Matola city committee of Frelimo, which recently passed a motion of censure against the mayor.

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