Vet­er­ans urged to work for Fre­limo vic­tory

The Manica Post - - Foreign/Sport - —al­

MAPUTO — The first sec­re­tary of the rul­ing Fre­limo Party in the western Mozam­bi­can province of Tete, Fer­nando Be­mane, has urged all vet­er­ans of the lib­er­a­tion war against Por­tuguese colo­nial rule to work for a con­vinc­ing win by Fre­limo in Oc­to­ber’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of a ses­sion of the Tete pro­vin­cial branch of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Vet­er­ans of the Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Strug­gle (ACLLN), Be­mane said “just as they achieved na­tional in­de­pen­dence, so the vet­er­ans should start mo­bil­is­ing the pop­u­la­tion to guar­an­tee a Fre­limo vic­tory next Oc­to­ber”.

Fre­limo’s ac­tiv­i­ties, he urged “should be at the cen­tre of the vet­er­ans’ at­ten­tions”. Their role in free­ing Mozam­bique from colo­nial rule meant that they re­main a source of in­spi­ra­tion, Be­mane said.

“We don’t want to hear that Fre­limo has lost here in Tete, since there’s no rea­son why that should hap­pen”, he stressed. “The four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties should re­main in Fre­limo’s hands, and we must prove this con­vinc­ingly in Oc­to­ber”.

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties he was re­fer­ring to are Tete city, Moa­t­ize, Ulongue and Nhamayabue. They all cur­rently have Fre­limo may­ors and a Fre­limo ma­jor­ity in their mu­nic­i­pal as­sem­blies. Fre­limo has never lost any mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions in Tete.

In prac­tice, the count­down to­wards the Oc­to­ber elec­tions has al­ready started, said Be­mane, and so the time had come for Fre­limo to be­gin its prepa­ra­tion.

A year af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, there will be pres­i­den­tial, par­lia­men­tary and pro­vin­cial elec­tions, and so “we are not speak­ing about a crush­ing vic­tory only in the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions, since we must also pre­pare our­selves for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions”, Be­mane added.

He urged the Tete vet­er­ans to spread the im­age of the party and of Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi. The party’s sup­port­ers should wear T-shirts, caps and other items of cloth­ing bear­ing the Fre­limo sym­bols and the por­trait of Nyusi, “so that we can di­vulge the im­age of our Party and of our Pres­i­dent who will also be our can­di­date for the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion”.

No­body should be ashamed of wear­ing the im­age of Fre­limo and of Nyusi on their cloth­ing, he de­clared.

Par­tic­i­pants at the Tete con­fer­ence, held un­der the slo­gan “Let us make the ACLLN an in­stru­ment to strengthen peace”, ap­proved a re­port of ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­taken in 2017 and a plan of ac­tiv­i­ties for 2018.

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