MAPUTO– Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has called on lawyers from countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to play their role in the challenges of guaranteeing sustainable and transparent management of natural resources as a contribution towards attaining social justice.

Speaking at the opening of the 19th Annual Conference of the SADC Lawyers’ Association here Thursday, he said lawyers are an essential group in establishing social harmony and he described them as part of civil society who intervene in defence of the rights and obligations of citizens.

In joining the efforts of SADC governments to secure social justice, lawyers will be complying with their social responsibility to improve the living conditions of citizens, he added.

The two-day conference is being held under the theme. “Promoting inclusive legal policies for sustainable socio-economic development in Mozambique”.

Nyusi believed that natural resources are key to sustainable development and ensuring that citizens of SADC countries enjoy equality of opportunity and rights of access to resources would require the definition of public policies based on clear and logical legal foundations.

This is where lawyers play a fundamental role. This contribution must be grounded on the assumption that the distribution of wealth is not a unilateral act by the state on behalf of its citizens, but an active and responsible participation of everyone in the construction of a society where all participate and benefit from the existing opportunities. This is an invitation we address to lawyers to make history. Nyusi said.