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Parliament: Opposition Accuses Government of “Illusionism” and “Assault on the Poor”

Parliament: Opposition Accuses Government of “Illusionism” and “Assault on the Poor”

The main Mozambican opposition party Arenamo and the third party MDM accused the government of “illusionism” and “attacking the poor”, while the ruling Frelimo party accused its opponents of practicing “demagogy and populism”.

The three parties with parliamentary seats exchanged accusations on the second day of government responses to MPs’ questions.

“The measures for economic acceleration that the Government announced are based on illusionism, they have no impact for the disadvantaged sections of the population,” said Venâncio Mondlane, MP for the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).

Mondlane pointed out that the government has been announcing positive results of measures that have not yet been implemented, because their validity depends on approval by Parliament.

He went on to say that the government is behaving like an “external agent”, because the actions it has taken in the field of economic recovery, particularly on the fiscal front, were dictated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Silvério Ronguane, Member of Parliament for the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), accused the government of “attacking the poor” by executing an agenda that does not help the most needy segments of the population.

“Subsidies have been announced for passengers and carriers, but this aid is only for the city of Maputo, in a procedure that is clearly exclusionary,” he said.

“He has barely arrived and is already excluding,” said the deputy, referring to the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mateus Magala, a member of the African Development Bank (ADB), who recently joined the Executive.

According to Silvério Ronguane, the “weak leadership” of the President of the Republic is causing “too much poverty” in Mozambique.

Gabriel Junior, a member of parliament for the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo), accused the opposition of “demagogy and populism” in claiming the immediate effectiveness of economic recovery measures designed to achieve a structural transformation of the economy.

“What we are hearing here from the opposition has an intriguing, demagogic and populist character,” he said.

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Some of the Government’s actions for economic recovery have already had an effect, others will take time because they are medium and long-term, the ruling party MP stated.

In the closing speech of the session of questions to the Government, the Prime Minister, Adriano Maleiane, called for a work culture in the country to overcome difficulties.

“I think that if we all dedicate ourselves to work and not wait for the Government to do everything, we will achieve results,” he said.

Maleiane reiterated the commitment to mitigate the impact of the shocks caused by the Russia-Ukraine war and to the recovery of the economy after the covid-19 pandemic.

The governor stated again, as on Wednesday, that the actions that the authorities are carrying out are producing results in containing price rises in the country.

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