20 April 2014

Mozambique: Simango Urges Young Mozambicans to Monitor Elections

Maputo — The leader of the opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) and mayor of Beira, Daviz Simango, on Saturday urged young Mozambicans to monitor closely the general elections scheduled for 15 October.

Speaking to AIM shortly after a meeting with the MDM Youth League, Simango who is also the MDM's prospective candidate in the Presidential election, declared the Mozambican youth “are prepared and mature to win power”.

Young MDM supporters wanted to be on the ground, ”working and showing Mozambicans that this country belongs to them”.

“The young people want us to monitor the electoral process “, he stressed, “and they want the MDM to include in its policies aspects which are essential to their lives”.

Simango denied that his meeting with the Youth League was any sort of “pre-campaign” ahead of the October elections. “It's not a pre-campaign, because our party works 24 hours a day. We are gathering young people's feelings on what they think about the present and the future of the country. When you gather such feelings, you also learn from them”.

The MDM, Simango declared, “isn't afraid of anybody”, brushing aside the idea that the MDM stands no chance against the ruling Frelimo Party.

He remarked that, if a football team from the first division plays against one from the third division and the latter wins, then the winning team will have shown that it was the stronger team, regardless of the division it is placed in.

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