Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza declared, in his New Year message to the nation, that "from every corner or our country, the clamour is for the consolidation of peace".
From everywhere in Mozambique, he added, "we hear the reaffirmation that it is through dialogue that consensus is built so that we can continue to construct our beautiful Mozambique. And it is in the certainty that peace creates marvels for all of us that we shall continue to promote dialogue with all the living forces in Mozambican society".
Guebuza made no specific mention of the attacks and ambushes staged by gunmen of the former rebel movement Renamo in the central province of Sofala, but he insisted "I remain available to meet with the leader of Renamo (Afonso Dhlakama) in Maputo for dialogue".
"Let nothing prevent Mozambicans from living in freedom and peace", he urged. "Let nothing prevent Mozambicans from enjoying their constitutional rights, including the right to freedom of movement".
Guebuza declared that Mozambicans had achieved much in 2013. "We reaffirmed the centrality of national unity, peace and multi-party democracy in the consolidation of the Mozambican nation", he said. "We remained committed to promoting the culture of hard work, reaffirming, in words and in deeds, that it is up to us Mozambicans to lead the fight against poverty and for our well-being".
"Thanks to our commitment, Mozambique continued to change for the better in 2013", he said. Collective gains had been made which "have substantially reduced the expressions of poverty and have improved our living conditions".