Maputo — Mozambique's main opposition party, Renamo, has claimed that its head of mobilization, Armindo Milaco, has died of wounds sustained in last Monday's clash, when the Mozambican armed forces (FADM) occupied the Renamo base at Satunjira, in the central district of Gorongosa.
The spokesperson for the Renamo parliamentary group, Arnaldo Chalaua, cited by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, said that he had only learnt of the death of Milaco, who was also a parliamentary deputy, on Friday. He had died sometime between Monday and Friday, and Chalaua knew no further details.
He considered Milaco's death as “a great loss” for Renamo and for the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic. He had been a member of the Assembly's management board.
The news came as a surprise, since it had been believed that the capture of Satunjira was entirely bloodless. When the FADM took over the base they found that Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama and other members of the Renamo leadership had already left.
The army found no dead or wounded when they entered the base, and this was confirmed by Mozambican television crews.