The President of Mozambique’s ruling party Frelimo, Filipe Nyusi, also the country’s President, declared Friday the opening of the party’s 12th congress, which his counterpart the Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan attended as a guest of honor.
In his speech addressed to more than 2,000 participants in Frelimo’s party school in the city of Matola, Maputo Province, the party chief encouraged open discussions on the themes of national unity, strengthening sovereignty, and development.
Nyusi recalled the commitments made by the party at each congress since it was founded on June 25, 1962, in the Tanzanian capital Dar es Salaam, and said the party continues to grow with the capacity to lead the development process in Mozambique.
“Frelimo has demonstrated to the country and the world its ability to be resilient and to reinvent itself in the face of political dynamics at each historical moment,” said Nyusi, who thanked neighboring Tanzania for supporting the party during the armed struggle for national liberation.
Other topics mentioned by Nyusi include reflection on the fight against terrorism, investment in party sustainability and rejuvenation, the impact of climate change, the need to lower the cost of living, and the measures package for economic acceleration.
In her speech at the ceremony, Samia Suluhu Hassan praised the efforts that regional parties have undertaken to strengthen ties and gather experiences that serve to benefit the people.
She mentioned the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Leadership School for training cadres of the sister parties and thanked her Chinese counterpart “for his support for the six parties, the national and regional liberation movements.”
“I reaffirm that our commitment is to keep the traditional bond between our peoples strong and we are ready to continue working and to support Mozambique in the fight against terrorism,” she said.
One agenda of the 12th Frelimo congress is to elect the members of the party’s governing bodies, including the party chief and a new central committee.
The 12th Frelimo Congress takes place under the motto “60 years of consolidating national unity, promoting peace and development”.