Maputo — The Mozambican government and the country's largest opposition party
Renamo on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on military
issues which paves the way for the disarmament, demobilisation, and
reintegration of Renamo's militia.
Announcing the details of the agreement, President Filipe Nyusi
explained it is based on the consensus reached during the meeting he
held with Ossufo Momade, the coordinator of the Renamo Political
Commission on 11 July.
Addressing the nation live on television, the President stated,
"the memorandum clearly outlines the itinerary for military
issues, the subsequent steps crucial for reaching an effective and
lasting peace regarding disarming, demobilisation and
The signing of the memorandum coincides with the first anniversary of
the meeting between President Nyusi and the Renamo leader Afonso
Dhlakama in the mountains of Gorongosa in the central province of
President Nyusi stressed, "I am genuinely convinced that stone
by stone we can build a prosperous Mozambique free from conflict. In
this spirit, on 6 August 2017, I made my first visit to the Gorongosa
mountains to meet the late leader of Renamo, my brother Afonso
Macacho Marceta Dhlakama". (Afonso Dhlakama died on 3 May due to
complications linked to his diabetes and Ossufo Momade is effectively
Renamo's interim leader).
He continued, "we did this by believing that, with patience,
tolerance, understanding, a spirit of reconciliation, and a singular
dedication to results, Mozambicans can construct peace".
The President highlighted the approval in the country's parliament,
the Assembly of the Republic, of amendments to the constitution which
allowed for progress on decentralisation and to electoral legislation
so that the municipal elections can go ahead on schedule in October.
He added, "in the same way, we have registered progress on
military issues, which has contributed significantly to
political-military stability and allowed our economy to resume".
President Nyusi saluted Renamo's leadership, coordinated by Ossufo
Momade, for continuing the peace process started by Dhlakama. He
added that the government will announce the next steps following from
He reiterated, "my government will continue to do everything so
that Mozambique can live in peace, where democratic rights and social
justice are a reality".
President Nyusi appealed to Mozambicans and the international
community to continue to support the efforts underway for peace in
the country. (AIM)
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