Maputo — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday told the population of the district of Namuno, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, that after the general elections of 15 October, he will leave office.
On the first stage of a working visit to Cabo Delgado, as part of his “Open and Inclusive Presidency”, Guebuza introduced the presidential candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party, Filipe Nyusi, just as he had done on Monday, in Lichinga, capital of the neighbouring province of Niassa.
“The candidate of Frelimo in the presidential elections, the candidate of millions of Mozambicans, is called Filipe Jacinto Nyusi”, he announced. Guebuza added that he hoped Nyusi would receive support so that he could continue the national agenda of the struggle against poverty.
He reminded his listeners that only registered voters can cast ballots in October. “To vote, you must show your voter card”, he said, “and you obtain that card at the voter registration posts open throughout the country”.
He thanked the crowd for the support he had received over his ten years as head of state, and asked them to extend the same cooperation to his successor
“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support and collaboration you have given so that Namuno today is experiencing high levels of development”, he said. “I ask you to continue providing the same, and even greater, support to my replacement”.
In a short speech to the rally, Nyusi, said “At all times, and at all stages, I have been listening and learning and trying to understand the public so that I can better understand what the people think about this country”. He promised that the fundamental aspects for his governance would be values such as peace, national unity and development.
A man named Lino Mario read a message from Namuno residents which described Guebuza as “the President of the people for the people, who has been able to transform words into actions, and is therefore the right man in the right place”.
“We ask that your successor do more than you did, Mr President”, said Mario, particularly in the area of roads.
In response, Guebuza said that patience and the will to work for a particular purpose “open space for things to happen” - and they did not happen by chance.
“If we had not looked after national unity and peace, Mozambique would not be growing”, he added. “I hope you transmit this warmth and willingness to work, always in unity, to the Frelimo candidate”.