Maputo — Mozambique's first health minister, Helder Martins, warned on Sunday that corruption is a cancer shaking the Mozambican governance system, reports the independent news sheet "Carta de Moçambique"
Martins was speaking to reporters after President Filipe Nyusi had decorated him with the "Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane Medal, First Class". He was one of several veterans of the independence war decorated at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Eduardo Mondlane, the founder and first president of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo).
Martins had worked closely with Mondlane at the Frelimo headquarters in Dar es Salaam during the liberation struggle. After independence in 1975 President Samora Machel appointed Martins as his first health minister.
Martins said today's Mozambique is not what those who fought in the liberation struggle had dreamed of creating, particularly because of problems linked to corruption and the lack of political will to fight against it.
He added that great determination is required for Mozambique to achieve its economic independence but this must involve defeating corruption.
Martins stressed that corruption limits the development of the country. He added that, if corruption is not eliminated, it will be difficult for Mozambique to attain economic development, or to preserve the legacy of its great heroes.