Mozambicans will for the first time have a female presidential candidate come October’s presidential elections.
Maria Alice Mabota, a revered human rights activist and former president of the Mozambique Human Rights League, has filed her papers on the ticket of a number of parties.
She will contest as candidate of a coalition, the Democratic Alliance Coalition, CAD, a group of six parties of which she is not a member but chosen to run as candidate.
A local website quoted her as saying: “I am not scared. I know I will face stones and boulders, but I cannot give up”.
She stressed that despite spending over three decades fighting for justice, she was on a mission to rescue Mozambique, “… the country is now going backwards in terms of the rule of law,” she is quoted to have said after filing.