When once-powerful rebel groups withdraw from peace deals and threaten to resume hostilities, it's worth sitting up and taking notice.
But there's no need to panic just yet. Renamo's Cold War warriors are a spent force, and its threats little more than a desperate plea for relevance. Mozambique will be just fine.
On Monday, Renamo (the Mozambican National Resistance), the Mozambican political party and rebel group that fought a long and bitter civil war with the Mozambican government, unilaterally pulled out of the peace treaty which ended that war in 1992.
"Peace is over in the country," said spokesman Fernando Mazanga; an ominous threat bound to send shivers down the spine of anyone who remembers the conflict, one of Africa's most devastating.
On Tuesday, Renamo followed this up with a pre-dawn attack on a police station in the central town of Maringue. There were no casualties as policemen fled their post.
In a statement, the group blamed ruling party and wartime foe Frelimo (the Mozambique Liberation Front) for their decision to return to a civil war footing, saying that Frelimo has failed to listen to Renamo's grievances.
Specifically, Renamo said Frelimo had re-started hostilities when government forces...