The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, inaugurated this Thursday, in Lobatse, the Samora Machel Museum, as part of his state visit to that country.
The Samora Machel Museum, inaugurated this Thursday in Lobatse, is the result of an agreement between Mozambique and Botswana closed in 2016.
The infrastructure open to the public cost about $600,000.
The name Samora Machel is stamped on one of the walls of a historic building in Lobatse, South East district, Botswana.
It is where the first President of Mozambique lived for three months in 1963. Samora Machel arrived there fleeing the Portuguese colonial regime and intended to reach Tanzania, where he was to join the Mozambique Liberation Front.
Today, Samora’s halfway house in Lobatse has been transformed into a museum bearing his name.
The infrastructure was inaugurated by the Mozambican and Tswana heads of state, Filipe Nyusi and Mokgweetsi Masisi, respectively.
The two statesmen not only inaugurated, but also became the first visitors to the museum, as they appreciated the various compartments and their furniture (military uniforms, photographs illustrating various moments in the African history of the national liberation struggle, and others).
Meanwhile, while this was happening, the outside of the Museum was crammed with people, both Mozambican and Tswana, who were waiting for the moment of interventions.
“Botswana, in the face of various adversities and limitations imposed by the circumstances prevailing during the 1960s, mainly arising from the destabilizing acts of the then Apartheid regime and the presence of colonialism in our region opened its territory to welcome and serve as a crossing point, and at the same time as a safe rearguard for various nationalists of liberation movements,” acknowledged Filipe Nyusi, pointing out that Lobatse served as a base for nationalist projection of Frelimo, ANC, among others. More importantly, Nyusi hopes that the Museum will serve as a place where people from various countries will seek memories of the remarkable deeds of African nationalists.
In his turn to speak, Mokgweetsi Masisi showed gratitude to the family that received Machel in Lobatse, in the house now transformed into a Museum and says that side by side, the parties revealed the peace and unity that is intended between the countries.
“I take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Kgaboesele and his family for their immense role and contribution to larger acts. Their decision in 1963 to host Samora Moisés Machel, former President of Mozambique, was profound and fascinating, as demonstrated when they (the two of them) stood for what they wanted, just as Botswana desires, namely peace, compassion, pan-Africanism, justice and self-determination,” Masisi said.
Representing the Machel family was the son of the first President of the Republic, Samora Machel Junior, who said that the infrastructure shows that Mozambique and Botswana are walking ‘hand in hand’ and that unity will prevail.
“This is a sign of how interconnected the liberation struggles of the (southern Africa) region are,” Samora Junior said. Otherwise, the event was one of celebration, with cultural moments that forced the two statesmen to dance.
The construction of the Samora Machel Museum, which comprises two floors, was co-sponsored by Mozambique and Botswana, with each country contributing about US$300,000.