11 July 2013

Mozambique: Potential Frelimo Mayoral Candidate Drops Out

Maputo — It seems that the current mayor of Maputo, David Simango, will be unopposed inside the ruling Frelimo Party, in his bid for a second term of office, now that the only other known contender for the Frelimo nomination, Generosa Cossa, has withdrawn her name.

Cossa, who is a member of the Frelimo Central Committee, and stood for the Frelimo nomination at the last local elections, in 2008, had been proposed by a Frelimo branch in the neighbourhood of Albasini.

But she told the daily paper “Noticias”, that, when she became aware, from press reports, that Simango was “the candidate of consensus” within Frelimo, enjoying the support of President Armando Guebuza, and of Frelimo General Secretary Filipe Paunde, and when these reports were not contradicted, she decided to pull out of the race for the nomination.

Asked if she felt comfortable about withdrawing her name merely because Simango was the consensual candidate of the Frelimo leadership, Cossa said she had no problems with this, and added that she could not contradict a position taken by the leadership.

“I am comfortable because it is the position of the top leadership of the party. My candidacy cannot contradict the position of the party leadership. So I'm happy with it”, she said.

Asked why she had allowed her name to go forward in the first place, Cossa said she had intended to manage the city in a way that would serve and benefit all its citizens, and to continue the work that was already being undertaken.

Cossa said she would offer full support to Simango, and has made available to Frelimo the ideas that would have gone into her manifesto.

“Even if I ran against him and lost, I would support him”, she added.

“That's would I did last time too. I have no problem”.

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