Mozambique’s Nyusi, Dhlakama to find each other again?

Mozambique's FRELIMO President Armando Guebuza and opposition RENAMO leader Afonso Dhlakama ratifying a peace deal

Mozambique’s FRELIMO President Armando Guebuza and opposition RENAMO leader Afonso Dhlakama ratifying a peace deal

from ARIMANDO DOMINGOS in Maputo, Mozambique
MAPUTO, (CAJ News) – MOZAMBICAN President Filipe Nyusi says he will keep his door open for negotiations with his rival leader Afonso Dhlakama of Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) in order to find each other again.

However, Nyusi vehemently refuted claims by Dhlakama that his party had won general elections in the six northern and central provinces of the country in 2014 arguing such misleading claims were not acceptable.

Renamo has since renewed fighting in Mozambique, attacking hospitals, destroying public infrastructure such as bridges, hotels as well as setting public transport ablaze while killing many people as the party demands to govern in those six provinces.

The six provinces in question comprise Manica, Sofala, Tete, Zambezia, Nampula and parts of Inhambane.

To make matters worse, Dhlakama had earlier rejected becoming deputy to Nyusi arguing the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) was a Marxist party which does not adhere to democratic rule.

“We will continue engaging with Renamo, but let it be know that they (Renamo) never won outright in those provinces excepting leading Frelimo.

“When the championship is over, just one team wins, and that team represents the country in the entire world”, Nyusi said.

Nyusi said his Frelimo had the nation’s mandate to lead the country while dismissing Renamo’s fresh claims, but conceded he would work to ensure peace was restored in the country without further spilling of blood.

Recently Dhlakama rejected becoming deputy president to Nyusi in a move widely believed there might be some external forces sponsoring Renamo’s banditry actions.

Another fresh discussion involving international community is expected before end of the year.

“It is impossible to work with Frelimo due to ideological beliefs. Frelimo is still Marxist. To be vice president for Mozambique signifies being
Frelimo again, something that is highly unacceptable,” Dhlakama said.

Nyusi is presently in Swaziland for the Southern African Development
Community (SADC) conference.

CAJ News

Short URL:

Posted by on Aug 31 2016. Filed under Africa & World, Exclusive, Featured, National, News, Regional. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Connect to CAJ News on Facebook

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Log in
All material © CAJ News Africa. Material may not be published or reproduced in any form without prior written permission.