The Catholic Church in Mozambique has urged politicians not to give up on political dialogue as the country continues its search for an effective and lasting peace settlement. The Church’s affirmation is contained in a report filed by Vatican News’ Maputo-based correspondent, Hermínio José who quotes the Bishop of Chimoio Diocese, João Carlos Hatoa Nunes, the spokesperson of Conferência Episcopal de Moçambique (CEM).

As reported by Vatican news, According to His Grace Bishop João Carlos, the Catholic Church in Mozambique will remain engaged and involved with the political dialogue to ensure that political actors deliver on their promises for peace. His Excellency Bishop Carlos remarked that “Though the dialogue has experienced moments of progress and setbacks, the Church welcomes and wants gains made so far, in discussions, between the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi and the recently deceased Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama to be cemented.”

Mozambicans who have lived with insecurity and uncertainty since independence in 1975 will be watching with bated breath to see if their leaders make good on talks. President Nyusi, speaking at Dhlakama’s burial, expressed his government’s commitment to peace and a lasting settlement.