Mozambique: Commemorations of 30th Anniversary of Samora Machel’s Death Launched

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday launched commemorations of the 30th anniversary of the death of the country’s first President, Samora Machel.

Speaking immediately after laying a wreath at Maputo’s Monument to the Mozambican Heroes, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of Mozambican independence, declared by Machel on 25 June 1975, Nyusi declared that, in remembering the life and work of Samora Machel, “we intend to renew our commitment to preserve truth and freedom, noble gains of the struggle waged by Mozambicans”.

He stressed that Machel won admiration and respect for his integrity and moral stature, as well as for his humanism, which surpassed the barriers of borders, race, tribe, gender or religion.

“Samora Machel was much more than the founder of a free and independent nation”, declared Nyusi. “He remains a cornerstone of our pride in being what we are”.

The legacy of Machel, he continued, inspires Mozambicans to overcome the current challenges they face. “30 years after his physical disappearance, his lessons remain”, Nyusi said.

Nyusi stressed Machel’s internationalism, the solidarity he showed towards the neediest people in society, and his willingness to struggle for those who are suffering and those who are excluded.

This year’s commemorations of the 30th anniversary of Machel’s death, he said, will stress his example as a convinced nationalist, a determined patriot, a visionary leader and statesman, as well as the man who proclaimed Mozambican independence.

Machel, and 33 members of his delegation, died on 19 October 1986, when the plane that was carrying them back to Maputo from a summit in Zambia crashed on a hillside at Mbuzini, just inside South African territory. Investigations showed that the plane was not following the correct flight path, and there have always been strong suspicions that the apartheid regime used a false navigation beacon to lure the plane away from its correct path. The Mozambican authorities have never closed the investigation into the cause of the crash.

After the fall of apartheid, a democratic South African government built a monument at Mbuzini paying homage to Samora Machel, as a hero in the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique