Maputo — Prosperity is visibly growing in the Mozambican countryside and in the cities, claimed President Armando Guebuza on Sunday evening.
Speaking at the end of a meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Frelimo Party held in the southern city of Matola, Guebuza justified this claim on the basis that "many of our fellow citizens are building ever better and larger houses, using durable materials such as brick, zinc and cement".
Many Mozambicans had also received loans from the District Development Fund (FDD), and from the Programme against Urban Poverty, which were "inducing increased productivity, income generation and job creation". These funds also "ensure that thousands of young people have access to finance to develop micro, small and medium companies".
"This prosperity is also expressed through the acquisition of consumer durables such as fridges, bicycles, motor-cycles and vehicles", Guebuza added. There were now so many of these, and so much money is circulating in villages and urban neighbourhoods "that repair workshops and shops selling spare parts are appearing".
There was also greater access to electricity, telecommunications, the health and educations services, and rural extension, which Guebuza described as "essential factors for human development".
"More Mozambicans have access to new knowledge and technologies and to the means leading to increased productivity and the consequent improvement of their own living standards and those of their families", he said.
"The life of our people has changed for the better, and substantially so, since November 2006 (the date of the ninth Frelimo Congress)", Guebuza declared, and the members of the Central Committee elected at that Congress could congratulate themselves on the role they had played in the fight against poverty.
He described Frelimo as a mature, determined and visionary party which "has always shown the ability to reinvent itself to meet the challenges of each moment".
"As we have always done, we must know how to find, in the national unity and in the diversity that characterise us, the appropriate paths for overcoming these challenges", he said.
This was the final meeting of the Central Committee before the Party's Tenth Congress, which will be held in the northern city of Pemba, on 23-28 September, and which will elect a new leadership.