Maputo, 19 May (AIM) – Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi challenged on Thursday, in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, African leaders to join efforts in order to keep the history and culture of Africa alive for the benefit of future generations, especially by promoting the legacy of national heroes.
Nyusi believes that the liberation struggles of African countries should serve as a memory for current and future generations to know their origins and history.
Mozambique’s first President Samora Machel “believed that the struggle of the people of Zimbabwe was also the struggle of the Mozambicans”, said Nyusi. ”Therefore, the victory of Zimbabwe is the victory of Mozambique; above all, it is the victory of Africa and of militant internationalism. To honour Samora Machel is also to exalt the memory of Mozambicans who fought on Zimbabwean soil, side by side with their brothers for the liberation of this country”,
Nyusi was speaking, during the ceremony of laying the first stone for the construction of a monument in honour of Samora Machel.
The monument, he added, “will also exalt the Zimbabwean citizens who fought in Mozambique, defending our sovereignty during the war of aggression and destabilization, imposed by the racist regimes of Rhodesia and Apartheid.”
At the ceremony, the Mozambican President thanked Zimbabwe for welcoming the African Union project for the construction of an African Liberation Museum, to be built in Harare.
Nyusi said that the African Liberation Museum will be the convergence point of Africa’s history.
“This is an institution that belongs to all African countries, and that aims to be the guardian and the witness of the liberation struggles of the people of our continent”, he continued. “The African Liberation Museum should be the mirror and reflection of our history with much suffering, resilience, sacrifice, heroism and victories told by the Africans themselves”.
Nyusi, who also addressed the Mozambique-Zimbabwe Business Forum, acknowledged that there is still a certain slowness in the increase of trade between the two countries.
“Nothing justifies that products available in Zimbabwe or Mozambique are surpassed by imports from distant countries and it is in this sense that we are banking on actions to improve infrastructures that facilitate more investment and mobility of goods and people”, he said.
As part of his three-day state visit, Nyusi also held a meeting with the Mozambican community living in Zimbabwe.