Mozambique presidential candidates make final calls for voters

12:46, October 27, 2009      

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Mozambique's three presidential candidates have made their final calls for voters in various parts of the country, ending their intensive campaigns two days before the poll.

Armando Guebuza of the ruling Frelimo Party held his last campaign in the northern city of Nampula on Sunday , while Afonso Dhlakama of the main opposition party Renamo in Maputo and Gaza in the south, and Daviz Simango of the Mozambique Democratic Movement(MDM) in his stronghold of Beira.

In Nampula, Guebuza held the last of the 75 rallies he has addressed since the campaign began on September 13. He said the campaign had largely been held in a festive mood, because those who like tumults and disorder have not found any space.

He said Mozambicans had shown once again that there is no alternative to peace.

During the Frelimo campaign, its message had been carried throughout the country that poverty is a scourge that all Mozambicans should fight against.

The Frelimo general secretary Filipe Paunde said that wherever he had traveled during the campaign, Guebuza had received a vote of confidence from Frelimo militants and from the public in general.

The last five years had been marvels to which all the people have witnessed. They want these marvels to continue for the next five years, he said.

Speaking at his final rally in Maputo, Dhlakama said a Renamo government would work with the banks to provide credit at preferential interest rates to small traders, according to local media AIM on Monday.

He said that young people found themselves unable to set up micro-businesses because they could not obtain bank loans.

"When I am in power, I shall speak with the banks so that they review the kind of guarantee they demand before granting loans. We shall tell the banks to demand requirements that the small operators in our economy can meet. I am not saying that the banks should not demand anything, but that they should take into account assistance to small economic agents such as yourselves," he said.

Dhlakama also claimed that the justice system is biased towards the ruling party, but that if he is elected he will establish "justice for all".

Dhlakama also drove to Gaza, but he held no rallies in this province. His visit to Gaza allowed him to state truthfully that he has set foot in all 11 provincial constituencies during the campaign.

In Beira, Simango addressed a large rally in the populous neighborhood of Munhava. He accused Frelimo of practicing "social exclusion", and called for a vote for the MDM in order to prevent the return to a one-party state.

Under Mozambican law, there can be no campaigning in the 48 hours before polling day. Thus Monday and Tuesday will be "quiet days", during which the voters are supposed to make up their minds.

The polls will open on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua
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