Less than six months to the end of its mission in Mozambique, the High Commissioner of Canada, Shawn Barber, opened the doors of his office in Maputo for 60 minutes interview with SAVANA. Although cautious in speech, the diplomat did not hide the lines, its concern due to corruption which he said was an evil that it is urgent to extirpate given its harmful effects on the country. In March 2015, the end of an audience with the Nyusi president, will described as normal the political situation in Mozambique, saying that "there is no word of war, is a normal situation between the government and opposition parties". So, where do you think the situation has changed, since today speaks of violence?
What has changed is the decision of the Renamo to abandon negotiations and announce the governance in identified areas. Also, we saw Renamo proposals defeated in the seat of parliament and understand that they are frustrated,however, whatever the frustration, the best solution is always to seek these solutions through dialogue, through the public engagement and not necessarily the recurrence of violence.
But Renamo President said he had been to several conversations with the presidents of the Republic, all of Frelimo and that many of them substantially produced nothing. Afonso Dhlakama says it no longer wants to go to meet just toyourself in the picture ...
Personally, I do not understand very well what the Renamo president or whether you are interested in, but I am resolutely convinced that dialogue is always preferable to talk than take up arms. Mozambique is currently a point of no return, where multinationals are already prepared to make their multimillion investments. The IMF estimates that, between 2025 to 2045, Mozambique will have an investment estimated at 500 billion dollars, so it would be a huge setback if the government and Renamo decidedreturn to conflict. It would indeed be unfortunate for development
But when he took office, President Nyusi promised by word of mouth that the country would not return more to war. He said it must be unwavering sure you never Mozambicans return to clash. However, the truth in one year shows that we are not quiet, we are not in effective peace to think about the development of the country. You have some revenue so that he, as Head of State, may, once and for all, bring peace to Mozambique and Mozambique?
The future of Mozambique belongs to Mozambicans and not fit to walk diplomats to give advice than it should be done by the Government. However, Canada quite welcomed the inaugural speech of President Nyusi for their commitment in improving the human rights issue, its vision of a non-party State and a public service.
How that has accompanied murders or attempted murders which, coincidentally, always victimize people linked to the opposition or that take awkward positions to the government of Frelimo?
I would repeat that the Government of Mozambique has the next 10 years the opportunity to invest a lot of money for the benefit of their populations. AND one of the advantages of us being in the G19 is that we can in a transparent and directly discuss various issues with the Mozambican government from the management of public finances, peace and security, corruption. We are tax partners of the Government of Mozambique and in this way we are interested to see how this management happens. None of this will happen without peace. Why these direct discussions between the government and Renamo are to Canada very important. Therefore, tolerance of ideas and views is an important element. We believe that the words that President Nyusi uttered during his inauguration will be accepted by parties so that reactivate the dialogue and continue to lead Mozambique forward in peace.
Shown us that is at the end of his term as High Commissioner in Mozambique. Sai satisfied?
My mission ends in July. I came to Mozambique 25 years ago, there was war and flew by WFP planes by Sussendenga, Beira and Vilankulo. Right now I'm happy to travel the country and see what I see. Yet there is much has to be done in Mozambique. Outside Maputo poverty levels remain high, education levels are very low, access to health care still remains problematic. I believe that economic growth will only make sense when men and women there is equality and women have control over their own destiny. In general, I am satisfied with the progress of Mozambique, however, there is much that must be done. I believe that with goodwill and in peace, Mozambicans can achieve the aspirations they want.