Former-Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano to Rock Freedom Square at Epic CCC Rally
Former Mozambique President Cde Joaquim Chissano is scheduled to make a highly anticipated appearance at the final rally of the Citizens for Coalition Change (CCC) in Freedom Square, ahead of the upcoming elections on Wednesday. Chissano, who recently attended President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s star rally in Midlands, continues to play a significant role in regional affairs.
Working for Zimbabwe’s Debt Clearance
Chissano currently serves as the special facilitator for Zimbabwe’s debt and arrears clearance program, which is sponsored by the African Development Bank. His responsibilities involve actively working towards resolving the country’s long-standing standoff with its creditors and the international community.
During a prominent conference in May, focused on Zimbabwe’s efforts to tackle its protracted debt crisis, Chissano candidly addressed President Mnangagwa about the major challenges the country faces, including governance, the rule of law, human rights, and freedom of expression.
A Remarkable Political Journey
Joaquim Chissano’s journey is one of immense significance and achievement. He emerged as a trailblazer, becoming the first black student enrolled at Liceu Salazar and later assuming a leadership role within the African Secondary School Students’ Organization in Mozambique.
Chissano pursued a medical degree in Portugal but fled to Dar es Salaam due to political involvement. His pivotal role in negotiating the 1974 Lusaka Accord solidified his reputation. As Prime Minister, he guided Mozambique to independence and later served as Foreign Minister under President Samora Machel.
Chissano’s negotiation skills were tested when establishing ties with South Africa, a key supporter of the rebel group. His efforts resulted in successful negotiations with Renamo, ending 16 years of conflict in 1992.
A Catalyst for Change
Diplomats have praised Chissano for his instrumental role in transforming Mozambique into a stable and democratic nation. In the wake of President Machel’s tragic death in 1986, Chissano dedicated himself to rebuilding the war-torn country. Through comprehensive constitutional and economic reforms, he facilitated the adoption of the 1990 Constitution, introducing multiparty democracy and an open market, reported thepresidency.
Successful Elections and a Peaceful Transition
Chissano’s commitment to democracy was evident as he secured victory in Mozambique’s first multiparty elections in 1994. He was re-elected as President of the Republic in 1999, but opted not to pursue another term in the 2004 presidential elections, respecting the constitutional provisions.