AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE - "National unity threatened by the selfishness of a corrupt minority" say Bishops

Friday, 6 March 2015

Maputo (Agenzia Fides) - "National unity is threatened by selfishness and political divisions" denounce the Bishops of Mozambique in a message issued after the meeting of the Permanent Council of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique, sent to Agenzia Fides.
"The consolidation of national unity, which is a valuable asset for all, a wealth that we cannot give up, can never be regarded as the exclusive monopoly of some groups closed in on themselves and obsessed by the greed of political and economic power ( ...), all are called to this task", say the Bishops.
"Currently, due to the politicization of most State institutions, the number of people excluded from the decision-making process increases dramatically, and the current government appears to be less and less able to achieve the key objectives sanctioned in Article 11 of the Constitution" continue the Bishops, remembering that the article mentioned provides, among other things, the creation of a just society and the realization of the material and spiritual welfare of the nation, the defense and promotion of human rights and equality of citizens before the law.
"In fact - continues the document - we are witnessing the blatant injustice of the poor crushed by a minority enriched dishonestly, who lives in luxury; the lack of transparency in the exploitation of natural resources and the total disregard of the environment; farmers are deprived of their land for the national implementation of mega-projects that favor only foreign multinationals and an insignificant minority of Mozambican citizens; excessive ambition of public officials who make corruption, plundering and money laundering their modus vivendi; the use of force, arrogance and intolerance to impose their own ideas (...)".
The Bishops call for a decisive change of course, in order to include in the decision-making process as many citizens, especially the poorest sector of society. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 06/03/2015)