MAPUTO, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has called on the new leadership of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) to safeguard the values defended by Mozambique’s first President, Samora Machel.

He was speaking at a ceremony here Thursday when he swore into office the new chairperson of the CNDH, Luis Bitone Nahe, which coincidentally fell on the 31st anniversary of Samora Machel’s death. The President died on 19 October 1986, in a plane crash at Mbuzini just inside South Africa, which was widely believed to have been engineered by that neighbouring country’s apartheid regime.

Nyusi said the new CNDH leadership must be more creative in seeking solutions to the problems that confront you, since the present economic situation was not favourable for the defence of human rights. On the one hand the current conjuncture imposes great sacrifices which may even imply pressure on some basic human rights, while on the other there are fewer resources for you to carry out your mission to the full,” the president noted.

The president said that during difficult moments, leaders were sometimes obliged to take difficult decisions which, although with good intentions, might encourage some of the major causes of human rights violations. Under these circumstances, the main victims are the poorest and most vulnerable citizens,” he added.

Nyusi noted that in recent years we have been faced with allegations, true or not, of violations of human rights by the authorities and by private bodies. These allegations demanded the attention of the CNDH, he said.

With the speed, transparency, independence and justice that characterise it, the Commission should undertake investigations to compile evidence that allows clarification of the events, and identification of who committed the violations,” he added. The evidence should then be sent to the relevant authorities.

We want to build a country where all citizens know their rights, and also their duties, and everybody knows that we are all, as human beings, equal. We want a commission which is not content with discovering weaknesses, but is part of the group which, as a family, wants to solve all the problems of the nation, the president said.