Mozambique: Defects Remain in District Administration, Says Nyusi

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said on Saturday that, during his visit last week to the northern province of Niassa, he had noted that defects remain in district administration.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, at the end of a visit to the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado, Nyusi said that district administrators should understand that the reason they are in the districts is to manage wealth and human resources.

The districts, he stressed, must work on the basis of indicators for the various areas of development, which requires great commitment, effort and energy on the part of the administrators.

In undertaking their work, Nyusi said, the administrators must observe careful budgetary management, making rational use of the available resources.

“The administrator has the duty to know what budget is available to him so that, when the time comes to give an account of his work, he can go into details. Then it can be known what he has done, how he did it, and what is left to do”, the President stressed.

“We are not yet satisfied with the culture of saving”, said Nyusi. “When we are in crisis, we have to restrict expenditure. On this visit we are trying to reduce costs. Many of the resources we are using are of local origin and do not come from outside”.

In addition the number of ministers accompanying the President on these provincial visits has been reduced. The restrictions also affected the reporters covering the visits. Where possible, journalists based locally were used rather than bringing teams from Maputo, as used to happen in the past

Such savings “are worthwhile to reduce the costs of the visits and to gain time”, said Nyusi.

The President expressed satisfaction at what he had seen on the ground in the far north. “Things are happening”, he said, “and the desires of the population are part of the activities that are being carried out”.

Nyusi noted that, in the rallies he had addressed, “the people stressed the need for effective and lasting peace, and encouraged us to insist on dialogue and not war”.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique