Museum of Mozambique’s first president opens in Botswana

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A woman takes photos at the Samora Machel Museum in Lobatse, some 70 km southeast of Gaborone, Botswana, on April 14, 2022. The governments of Botswana and Mozambique on Thursday commissioned the museum of the late revolutionary leader of the Mozambican liberation movement and Mozambique's first president Samora Moises Machel in Botswana. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)
A woman takes photos at the Samora Machel Museum in Lobatse, some 70 km southeast of Gaborone, Botswana, on April 14, 2022. The governments of Botswana and Mozambique on Thursday commissioned the museum of the late revolutionary leader of the Mozambican liberation movement and Mozambique's first president Samora Moises Machel in Botswana. (Photo by Tshekiso Tebalo/Xinhua)

The governments of Botswana and Mozambique on Thursday commissioned the museum of the late revolutionary leader of the Mozambican liberation movement and Mozambique’s first president Samora Moises Machel in Botswana.

“The museum bears testimony to the two countries’ long-standing historical ties, premised on our struggles against political and cultural bondage and the upholding of shared values and principles of democracy, as well as familial connections,”

said President Mokgweetsi Masisi at the commissioning of the Samora Machel Museum in Lobatse, some 70 km southeast of Gaborone, the Botswanan capital.

Masisi said the museum was built by both countries to honor the spirit of the great liberation icon in Machel, saying it is a living monument from which the succeeding generations in the two nations will learn of the indefatigable will to claim fundamental human rights and just pursuit for freedom from cruel and degrading treatment and oppression by other human beings.

For his part, the visiting President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique said the museum will also serve as a reminder of the contributions of many patriots from Botswana and Mozambique, as well as the celebration of the memory of the greatest freedom fighters and statesmen from the entire region.

“We are grateful for the ultimate sacrifices, including the fountain of blood that continues to nourish the tree that bears the fruits of freedom bestowed upon our part of the world,”

said Nyusi, adding that freedom fighters, who laid the foundation for the liberation of southern Africa, must be celebrated.

The museum is expected to become a unique tourist attraction to locals and those from abroad, according to Botswana’s Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conversation and Tourism Philda Kereng.

Born on Sept. 29, 1933 in Chilembene in the Gaza Province of Mozambique, Machel, a Mozambican revolutionary leader and military commander who led the Mozambican people in their struggle for independence from Portugal in 1975, died on Oct. 19, 1986 in a plane crash.

According to historical records, determined to rid Mozambicans of about five centuries of the colonial yoke of the Portuguese power, Machel made a stopover in Lobatse before heading to Tanzania to plot against the colonizers alongside other liberation luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, Kenneth Kaunda and Julius Nyerere. Enditem

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