As Mozambique’s October 2019 scheduled general elections loom over the horizon, the The Bishops in that Mozambique think that more could have been done or can still be done for the security of citizens and the cohesion of the country as the general elections scheduled for October of next year are approaching.
The Archbishop of Maputo, Francisco Chimoio, spoke to Vatican News about his concern on events that have happened under the watch of the current Frelimo government of President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi.
The Archbishop says that the political-military tensions that emerged in 2015 in the central and northern regions of Mozambique between Frelimo, the ruling party, and Renamo, the largest opposition party in the country have not been dealt with comprehensively.
The recent terrorist attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, whose targets were initially the police and military bases and now the populations, are also a black spot on the current government, the Archbishop says. He criticised the fact that Mozambican authorities have so far failed to overcome this wave of terrorist attacks, which have claimed more than 100 lives since October of last year.
The Archbishop of Maputo has set his eyes on the presidential and legislative elections to take place in 2019. He hopes the government that will emerge from those elections will robustly and urgently tackle the issues of insecurity in the country. Only this will offer citizens a sure path towards peace, hope and prosperity, he said.