Mozambique celebrates 46th anniversary of national independence

Mozambique's President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi speaks at the Sustainable Development Summit at United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States, Sept. 26, 2015. (Xinhua/Li Muzi) (lrz)

Mozambique on Friday celebrated the 46th anniversary of its independence from Portuguese colonial rule, and President Filipe Nyusi led a ceremony on Mozambican Heroes Square in Maputo.

Despite the many achievements the country has made since 1975, the president said, Mozambique still faces multiple challenges, especially in fighting terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our urgent challenge is to stop the escalation of violence in the central and northern regions and intensify measures to prevent and combat COVID-19,” Nyusi said.

These factors have caused huge economic loss and are holding back the country’s development, he said.

“As for the enemies of the people, who attack the innocent in Cabo Delgado province and whose intentions were not clear to the public, it is our conviction that they want to generate fear among Mozambicans and then seize our wealth,” Nyusi said.

He promised to intensify military actions against the criminals, with the support of the Southern African Development Community and brother countries but without jeopardizing Mozambique’s sovereignty.

During the ceremony, the president laid a wreath to honor national heroes, and several entities from different sectors were awarded with the national medal, in recognition of their contribution to the country. Enditem

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