By ZBC Reporter
THE newly sworn-in president of Mozambique president Filipe Jacinto Nyusi says his country is bound to grow economically in leaps and bounds taking advantage of the peace dividend that came about following the signing of an agreement with RENAMO rebels late last year.
Addressing the nation soon after taking the oath of office in Maputo Mozambique this Wednesday President Nyusi said he is committed to building a prosperous and inclusive country.
He said over his next five-year term he would seek to ensure peace lasts. “Peace has been and will be our absolute priority,” he told the crowd.
The swearing-in ceremony was attended by cheering supporters and dignitaries who included President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Nyusi, won the 2019 October elections with over 70% of votes but his main rival Ossufo Momade said the poll was rigged.
Neither Momade nor any Renamo lawmakers turned up for the swearing-in at Independence Square in central Maputo.
Renamo secretary-general Andre Magibire said the party does not recognise Nyusi as a legitimate leader, but would also not be drawn back into violence.
“There’s no way we can derail the peace deal, even though Frelimo keeps pushing us toward war,” he said on Tuesday
However, Frelimo spokesman Caifadine Manasse dismissed Magibire’s sentiments.
“The opposition is crying foul, in general, it uses this tactic to spark instability,” said the spokesperson.
Mozambique’s top court dismissed Renamo’s challenge against the results in November.
By ZBC Reporter