17 June 2016

Africa: Malawi Ex-President Muluzi Offers to Mediate to End Mozambique Skirmishes

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President Filipe Nyusi.

Former President Bakili Muluzi has said him and other Sadc retired heads of state are ready to mediate to end the current skirmishes in Mozambique that has already claimed four lives from Malawi.

The former Malawi leader said the skirmishes between rebels Renamo and ruling party Frelimo are a threat to the economy of Malawi and other regional countries.

Muluzi, who is a special envoy for Commonwealth, said there was need for Frelimo and Renamo to come to a round table for negotiations in a bid to end the year long fighting that can lead to a return of a full blown civil war.

He therefore said retired heads of state from Sadc region including himself are ready to take up the negotiating positions in order to bring lasting peace in Mozambique.

Renamo militias are blamed for the killing of the four Malawians and the setting ablaze of one truck and three tankers blowing up K70 million worth of fuel in the process.

The Renamo leader Alfonso Dlakama is refusing to come out of the bush to hammer a peace deal telling the government to make assurances of his safety first but the government says there was need to agree on the agenda of the negotiations first before issues of Dhlakama's security are discussed.

Dhlakama lost to Frelimo's Filippe Nyuse and the Renamo leader accused the ruling party of high level vote rigging.

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