027_G18_Spotlight_Mozambique

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Spotlight Mozambique this diversity of origin, race or creed in both central and local organs of political power. It is in this context, and in the context of promoting the sense of homeland and self-esteem, that we continue celebrating the lives and deeds of national heroes on the 40th anniversary of their death in the liberation of the land and people. This has been commemorated with state ceremonies in the home towns of each of them. They are our compatriots who shed their precious blood so that today we could take our place in the community of nations. These are, namely:  Romão Fernandes Farinha, in the locality of Muatide, Muidumbe District, Cabo Delgado Province, who lost his life at the age of 30  Francisco Orlando Magúmbwa, Messumba, Lake District, Niassa Province, who lost his life aged 33  Francisco Manyanga, Charre, Mutarara District, Tete Province, who lost his life aged 42  Armando Tivane, Locality of Maqueze, Chibuto District, Gaza Province, who lost his life at the age of 36  Luís Joaquim Marra, Caia, Sofala Province, who lost his life aged 27 These national heroes, combatants of the National Liberation Struggle, lost their lives young. As we remember their deeds, let us today ask how much, at our age, we have already done for our motherland and create an insight into the legacy we have built, through which we shall be remembered by future generations. The exaltation of these national heroes honours and glorifi es the patriotism that characterised those noble sons of Mozambique and this is an opportunity for the preservation and dissemination of their legacy to present and future generations. Given its large impact on the promotion of mutual understanding among Mozambicans, the reality we live in and various resources we are endowed with, we organised the Eleventh National Festival of School Sport Games in the cities of Tete and Moatize Town. These were, once again, demonstrations of our potential in sports, our organisational and competitive capabilities and our steps to intertwine sports, arts and culture into pillars of national unity – mainstays of Mozambicanship and sources of our self-esteem. Thanks to the concept of national unity that we promote and consolidate, we have clearly seen that the homeland of heroes continues to produce heroes in the fi ght against poverty among workers, peasants, students and employees. The Holidays Developing the District programme, which is being sponsored by university fi nal year students through the University Students Association in Mozambique, should be viewed with respect to it promotion and consolidation of national unity, giving students the opportunity to know their Mozambique better and discover that the challenges they face in everyday life are similar to those of other Mozambicans, and that only united can we overcome them. The Policy and Strategy of Decentralization and Devolution is another driving factor of national unity consolidation, which brings the decision-making centres, the symbols of power and nation, closer to the citizens. It is also in this light that legislation to create new districts by province, as well as to create ten new municipalities, should be viewed. National unity is also articulated through an increasingly professionalised public administration where capacity-building, training and staff turnover remain as permanently pressing needs. Still, in the scope of national unity promotion, we have been building infrastructure that facilitates the movement of people and goods, such as roads, bridges and railways, and others that draw services closer to the citizen – for example, building petrol stations reduces the amount of fuel that citizens have to spend on their trips to purchase fuel for their vehicles. This factor adds to many others that have been improving communications between certain ‘remote areas’ in our beautiful Mozambique. By bringing the leadership, resources and services closer to the citizen we have increased national unity in citizen awareness. With national unity we have Mozambique. Without national unity, Mozambique does not exist. No Mozambique, no Mozambican. Without Mozambicans there shall be tribes, ethnicities, races, religions and a full range of centrifugal conditions to exacerbate the whole plethora of what distinguishes some from their brothers. National unity is the cement of Mozambicanship. It is the mortar that holds together the strong and enduring creation that we have been building since 1962. This was the guarantor of all our achievements and victories of the past and in continuing to consolidate it, we reinforce the certainty that our fi ght against poverty, today and tomorrow, will be crowned with success. Armando Emílio Guebuza has been Mozambique’s President since 2005. He is the leader of FRELIMO, the Mozambique Liberation Front global second quar ter 2014 www.global -br ief ing.org l 27


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