Speaking during the inauguration ceremony at the Independence Square in Maputo, the Mozambican leader said he would reach out to his political opponents in order to promote peaceful co-existence and stability in a country that has not known peace for most of its fourty-five-year post-independence existence.
“Peace has been and will be our absolute priority,” he told thousands of cheering supporters and foreign dignitaries.
Nyusi signed a shaky peace deal in August 2019 with his main adversary, Ossufo Momade, leader of the rebel movement-cum-opposition party Renamo.
The deal has, however, been violated a number of times with alleged Renamo-aligned militias launching attacks on trucks and buses along major highways in the country’s central regions.
These militias are purportedly connected to senior party officials who are opposed to Momade’s ascendancy to the helm of the organisation following the death of former leader Afonso Dhlakama in 2018.
Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony was boycotted by opposition parties, who claim that Nyusi rigged last October’s polls.
Nyusi garnered about seventy-four percent of votes cast against twenty-two percent for Momade but the latter has contested the outcome, also alleging that the poll was rigged.