Mozambique Insights wishes to congratulate its Editor-in-Chief, Luís Nhachote, who on Tuesday evening launched his first book “Phambeni, Cartas ao Presidente Chissano”, which translates as Letters to President Chissano.
The book consists of 41 letters Nhachote wrote every week, between May 2003 to July 2004, to then President Joaquim Chissano, touching on various socio-economic issues that were affecting the country at the time.
Specifically, writing in an acerbic tone, Nhachote used to pen to point out the contradictions in Chissano’s government. This was highly impressive because the country was going through a transition that heralded a new political dispensation, from a one party-state to a multi-democracy – Nhachote would say that he was pushing the boundaries of freedom of the press.
To his credit, although the letters were highly critical of his government and governance, the former president was kind enough to write the preface to the book, perhaps in a bid to re-enact the spirit of tolerance then prevalent.
The book was introduced by renowned author and writer Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa (Francisco Esaú Cossa), in a crowded room at the National Journalists Union (SNJ).
“Phambeni (Forward)” indeed, Luís! May the book be the beginning of a productive literary journey.
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