MAPUTO, President Filipe Nyusi has warned that the country needs to secure an effective and definitive peace in order to realise its full potential.

Speaking at the opening session of a business forum on infrastructures in the western city of Tete on Thursday, he said: We know that only with peace and stability will we be able to turn our potential into reality. We Mozambicans are making the restoration of effective peace and political stability our number one priority.”

Currently Mozambique is living through a truce declared by Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the rebel movement, Renamo. This has ended the Renamo ambushes on the main roads, and since the truce took effect, on Dec 27 last year, there has been no further clash between Renamo gunmen and the defence and security forces.

Turning to the subject of the forum, Nyusi declared: We are challenged to mobilize investments and identify the best solutions to build infrastructures. Imperatively, this requires the involvement of the private sector.

Recent years have not been easy for Mozambique. The global fall in commodity prices affected our economic growth. At the same time, we faced armed disturbances localized in some part of the central and northern regions of the country.”

A further complication was the hidden debts incurred by the previous government under Nyusi’s predecessor, Armando Guebuza, which led the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other western partners to cut off financial assistance to Mozambique.

Nyusi said his government regards with responsibility the concerns of Mozambicans and of our international partners and in order to show transparency and integrity, agreed on an independent and wide-ranging international audit.

He assured that nothing like the scandal of the undisclosed debts would ever happen again and that under our leadership your investments are safe. Now it is time to look to the future.