22 June 2014

Mozambique: 'Hostages of Guebuza and Dhlakama'


For 21 years, we thought that our differences about the country's governance were over and the country was on the right track. Our confidence rested upon the General Peace Accord.

Although that accord was seen as a cure for all ills, it is now at the source of new differences. The reasons that prompt us to turn access routes into combat areas, and forests into places for hiding weapons and armed men under the pretext that we face death threats - as Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) leader Afonso Dhlakama claims - are undeniably futile when people are being killed and infrastructure destroyed.

Few Mozambicans wish to remember the country's 16-year armed conflict but it began the same way: A shot here, another there, and yet another elsewhere.

That was how it was in the past and now, once again, we are at war because of lust for control over the country, and we are doing everything! in the name of democracy and for the good of the people's supposed well being. Inevitably, our pre-existing rights to life, freedom, and property are infringed by two people, namely President of the Republic Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama, and their henchmen.

Guebuza loves peace but only in his speeches because his practical actions contradict his words. He does not follow his teachings in respect of national unity.

Because he believes the enemy is there, Guebuza insists upon ordering the Armed Forces to move on Gorongosa to transform Dhlakama into a mouse hiding in a hole. In the existing atmosphere thick enough to slash with a knife there is no doubt that we lived for two decades oblivious about our own reality and it makes no sense for us to continue putting stone upon stone to build a new future with any guarantee of peace.

Guebuza and Dhlakama can actually relieve us of this sad situation, all they need to do is to consider their age and! shake hands. We have had enough of all this shooting.

Guebuza has loudly reiterated that in spite of the belligerent stance by the "guinea fowl" [Renamo], the government is willing to find a peaceful solution to the war that is spreading, but he sees dialogue with Dhlakama as an act of charity rather than a move in the national interest, and for that reason he promises funds for the general [Dhlakama] to travel to Maputo before he can complain about a lack of means.

We know that the ongoing government-Renamo dialogue deadlocks are nothing more than political games and gratuitous sideshow. Recent history with regard to the Law on Elections is proof of that, after our fear and despair for months over the direction those talks were taking. How many rounds of talks and calls are needed for the country to have peace?

Besides criticizing Renamo, civil society organizations rear their heads and call on Dhlakama to stop making war. Those with a better understanding of human rights already call for UN intervention with a view to prev! enting the eruption of an imminent civil war. After all, are we not adult and sensible people who are aware of our actions? It is odd that highest official in the land is excluded from that sensitization process.

We do not know what will happen to Dhlakama after the 15 October elections but we believe that Guebuza will not be leading us anymore; so let him give peace back to the country before he leaves.

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