MAPUTO, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has sworn into office three new members of his government, urging them to act, not individually, but as part of a team.

Two of them have previous experience as ministers, but have been given new portfolios. The new Foreign Minister is Jose Pacheco, who was previously Minister of Agriculture, and the new Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy is the former Minister of Industry and Trade, Max Tonela.

The newcomer to the government is agronomist Higino Marrule, who takes over from Pacheco as Agriculture Minister.

Nyusi told the ministers to be prepared to face the challenge, which is not individual but for an entire group. “Be part of the teams that you will find and do not consider yourselves as chiefs. Help solve problems as part of a team, he said.

He said that, in appointing the ministers, he had taken their experience into account. It was his intention to strengthen the government’s capacity to respond to the challenges the country faces.

Nyusi recognized that time is running out. His five-year term of office began in January 2015, and so the government has little more than two years left to complete its programme for the 2015-2019 period.

He urged the three ministers to use the time that remains to carry out our promises”. He said: “This obliges us to be more careful in defining priorities and implementing the activities we have chosen.”