Mozambique leaders urged to swallow pride over crises
From ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – MOZAMBIQUE’S leaders have been advised to put the interests of the country first before theirs amid the raging conflict sparked by the rebels of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and a debt crisis.
The Southern African country is beset by increasing violence between forces of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) government and the opposition Renamo.
Scores have been killed and hundreds fled to neighbouring countries following the banditry by the rebels from Renamo.
The rebels are contesting the outcome of the elections held in 2014 and claim “unfair governance” by the ruling party.
The Renamo militia has continued to stage ambushes on the main roads in the central provinces.Recently, there were three attacks in Sofala province and one in Manica.
While there have been indications of dialogue, dates have not been set.
A Joint Commission has been formed to prepare a face-to-face meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
“Mozambique’s leadership must not compromise stability for the sake of political and economic gains,” the Institute for Security Studies said ahead of the dialogue.
Recent clashes have brought memories of the civil war that, combined with famine, killed more than 1 million people until an internationally-facilitated ceasefire in 1992.
Meanwhile, Mozambique faces a deepening crisis after the International Monetary Fund suspended funding following the discovery of more than $1 billion in previously undisclosed government debt.
– CAJ News
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