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MAPUTO, April 28– Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has again condemned the wave of violent attacks perpetrated against foreign citizens in South Africa.
Addressing a rally in the municipal district of KaTembe, on the opposite side of Maputo bay from the centre of the capital city on Saturday, he declared: “We condemn this behaviour, and I join my voice to yours. We can all live where we feel good, within the rules and norms of the host country. That’s why we live here with citizens from other countries.
“We would like to say that our brothers who are working in South Africa, who are using up their energies there, are not harming anybody. They have the right to life, and to peace, and so these attacks must be condemned,” he added.
There was no reason for the cruelty on display in South Africa, he said, “where one man takes the life of another just because the other works more, or obtains better opportunities”.
He told the KaTembe crowd that he was bringing “a message of hope”, expressed in the need to preserve peace, national unity and development, and called on all Mozambicans to do their part in bringing about well-being and prosperity.
“I didn’t come here to speak about anybody in particular. I just want to say that we want peace. Peace for everyone. If somebody thinks we’re speaking about him – well, we’re not, we’re just asking for peace,” the president said.
Nyusi took the opportunity to visit the site where the suspension bridge over the bay between central Maputo and Katembe is being built. When complete, the bridge will be over three kilometres long, making it one of the longest suspension bridges in Africa.
It will change the lives of the people living in Katembe dramatically, since they will be able to travel to the city centre in a few minutes, rather than queing up for an unreliable ferry service.
Nyusi guaranteed that the bridge will be ready for use by 2017 and so it would make no sense for the government to buy a new ferry for the crossing. By the time a new ferry arrived, the bridge would be almost ready. Instead he pledged that the government would ensure the maintenance of the existing ferry