7 June 2014

Mozambique: Guebuza Accuses Dhlakama of "manufacturing Problems"

Photo: Renamo
Renamo soldiers at training in the bush (file photo).

Dublin — Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday accused Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, of creating and manufacturing problems, in order to satisfy his own interests at the expense of those of other Mozambicans.

Speaking at a press conference at the end of his state visit to Ireland, Guebuza said “The problem with Dhlakama is that he is a creator of problems. He manufactures problems because he has an agenda different from that of other Mozambicans”.

Reacting to questions about the latest attacks by Renamo gunmen on the main north-south road, in the central province of Sofala, Guebuza said “When I was negotiating peace in Rome with Dhlakama's delegation (between 1990 and 1992), he said he was fighting for democracy in Mozambique, but today he doesn't even want to let us hold elections. Today he is doing everything to ensure that there are no elections in Mozambique”.

“While other Mozambicans wake up every morning, roll up their sleeves to go to work, or to study, or to go to the hospitals, Renamo remains that force which kills, and which has a small group of men who wake up every morning, and roll up their sleeves to go and kill their own brothers. There are no words to explain this”, said the President.

But Guebuza insisted that the government would continue talking to Renamo. “We remain committed to the path we have chosen, which is that of dialogue, until we reach an end to all of this”, he declared.

Asked by a journalist of the independent television station STV whether there were not now more than enough reasons to justify arresting those members of Renamo who publicly proclaim war and call for the division of the country (a clear reference to Renamo spokesperson Antonio Muchanga and the party's general secretary Manuel Bissopo), Guebuza replied “I have taken note of your proposal”.

As for his visit to Ireland, Guebuza described it as a great success, and praised Ireland for the way it has supported Mozambique's economic development.

He was more convinced than ever that Ireland wishes to help Mozambique to become economically strong and prosperous.

During Guebuza's visit, the two countries reiterated their determination to continue cooperating in areas of vital interest to their peoples. This desire was sealed in the signing of four memoranda of understanding, covering health, agriculture, industrial and medical technology, and cooperation between the associations of accountants and auditors. .

All these agreements envisage an increase in the transfer of the know-how that Ireland possess to students at Mozambican universities.

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