Maputo — A lack of self-esteem has led some people to close their eyes to the achievements of the Mozambican government, which have contributed to improving the living standards of the population, declared President Armando Guebuza on Sunday.
“For those who have no self-esteem there is nothing positive about what is happening in Mozambique.
For this group of people, everything is bad”, said Guebuza, addressing a rally in Macubulane locality, in Magude district, as part of his “Open and Inclusive Presidency” in Maputo province.
For further achievements to be made, and to have an impact on people's lives, he added, it is essential that the country remain at peace, for without peace there can never be progress.
“We cannot live divided, or with fear”, he said. Only with peace “will we be able to do away with poverty, an evil that will not disappear suddenly, but only after much persistence”.
Residents praised the government for improvements in Magude, in transport and water supply. A message to Guebuza read out at the rally also praised the District Development Fund (FDD), still known as “the seven million” because it started life in 2006 as a straight transfer from the central state budget of seven million meticais (about 235,000 US dollars at current exchange rates) to each of the 128 districts, to be lent out to people with viable projects that would create jobs and boost food production.
“The fund of the seven million is a reality in our district with a direct impact on our lives. It is a genuine catalyst of development in our communities, since the growth of the commercial network is evident, creating new opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship for everyone”, said the message.
However, Macubulane residents also called for a health post in their locality, since currently they have to walk for long distances to reach the nearest health unit. They also wanted a new secondary school because many pupils are unable to continue their studies after completing primary education because of the distances from Macubulane to the Magude or Xinavane secondary schools.
The rally also heard complaints from workers at the Magude Secondary School who accused the school director, Adelaide Mugabe, of arrogance and intimidation.