One of the highest-ranking Frelimo leaders, Vice-President Marcelino Dos Santos attended a celebration rally in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (25 September).
One of the highest-ranking Frelimo leaders, Vice-President Marcelino Dos Santos attended a celebration rally in the Tanzanian capital, Dar es Salaam on Wednesday (25 September). The rally marked the tenth anniversary of the Frelimo guerrilla war in Mozambique to gain independence from the Portuguese.
Tens of thousand of Tazanians converged on the ruling TANU Party's headquarters in the capital for the rally, many of them with banners and portraits of Samora Machel, the Frelimo President who is expected to become the first President of independent Mozambique.
Tanzania's Prime Minister Rashidi Kawawa headed the official Tanzanian party at the rally. In a speech, he pledged Tanzania's continuing support for liberation movements in Africa. Mr Kawawa said his countrymen were ready to die for the liberation of their continent. After congratulating Frelimo for their bravery, unity and self-discipline, he called on other liberation movements to learn from Frelimo and set aside their differences to work for the liberation of their countries.
Mr dos Santos told his Tanzanian audience that Frelimo and all Mozambiquans would never forget those Tanzanians who lost their lives in Portuguese bombing raids during the fighting in Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: An anniversary rally for Frelimo brought tens of thousands of Tanzanians into the capital, Dar es Salaam on Wednesday. Tanzania has been one of the main supporters of the Guerrilla movement in its ten-year fight for Mozambique's independence.
Marcelino dos Santos, the Frelimo Vice-President, was greeted by the Tanzanian Prime Minister Rashidi Kawawa.
The Frelimo President Samora Machel, is expected to become independent Mozambique's first President.
The anniversary fell only days after a Frelimo-dominated Government had been installed in Mozambique.
The celebrations outside Mozambique contrasted with the situation in the country itself, where there were no special ceremonies, and the anniversary was dedicated to a day of work.
Frelimo's leaders have promised austerity and a social revolution to change Mozambique into a people's democracy.
In his speech, Marcelino dos Santos said Frelimo and Mozambiquans had a very hard task ahead, building a new nation and establishing a democratic Government and good administration.