Speaking at a rally in Mandimba district, in the northernmost province of Niassa, Nyusi stressed that the defence and security forces will continue to guarantee the security of the people and of â€œour brothers in Renamoâ€ so that they will feel at ease in coming and speaking with the government.
He added that the government has already appointed a group to sit down with Renamo and discuss what themes should be discussed at a meeting between himself and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, in order to re-establish a climate of trust.
â€œIt is we Mozambicans who have to solve the problemsâ€, said Nyusi. â€œThere must be trust between Mozambicans, so that Renamo is not afraid of being attacked. Only with peace can the country developâ€,
He stressed that the search for peace should involve not only the government and Renamo, but also other political parties and civil society organisations. Nyusi warned that there were those (whom he did not name) â€œwho want to take advantage of this mistrust for other purposesâ€.
He pointed out that in the central provinces of Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete people â€œare living in a climate of threatsâ€, and are unable to move around freely for fear of coming under attack.
â€œWe donâ€™t want war. We want dialogueâ€, Nyusi stressed. â€œIf something is bad, we have to talk instead of attacking each otherâ€.
He noted that, in the past, the people of Mandimba had asked for facilities such as new schools, hospitals and roads, Some of these have now been completed, which showed that the government â€œis working on solving the problems which concern the publicâ€.
â€œWhat we promised, we are doing, and wew ant to do much moreâ€, he declared.
Mandimba traders asked Nyusi to re-establish conditions that would allow peasant crops to be sold locally, and not in neighbouring Malawi, as currently happens. They recalled that, in the not too distant past, crops were sold to the now defunct state agricultural marketing board, Agricom, which bought up and conserved surpluses. This no longer happens, and local farmers tend to take what they produce and sell it in Malawi.
Furthermore, drought had hit Mandimba this year. Local rivers had dried up, they said, and there are serious problems of water shortages and food insecurity. â€œWe are asked the government to intervene In solving the water problem, because the municipal council does not have the capacity to solve the problem on its ownâ€, speakers at the rally said.
Nyusi replied that he too wants to see the goods produced in Mandimba sold locally instead of in Malawi. Food reserves must be created inside Mozambique, he added, to guarantee food security in the event of drought.Post published in: Africa News