Mozambique: Renamo Wins in Cuamba

Polling station.

Maputo — For the first time, Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, has won control of a municipality in the northern province of Niassa.

The town that fell to Renamo is Cuamba, sometimes regarded as the commercial capital of Niassa, which lies on the railway from Malawi to the port of Nacala.

The full result, announced on Friday by the Cuamba district elections commission, showed a very comfortable victory for Renamo, which beat the ruling Frelimo party by almost 14 per cent. The second opposition party, the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM), came third, with 6.5 per cent of the vote.

The full results for the Niassa provincial capital, Lichinga, have also been published, showing a Frelimo victory over Renamo of almost seven per cent.

In the neighbouring province of Cabo Delgado, Frelimo won comfortably in the provincial capital, Pemba, beating Renamo by over 15 per cent. Here the MDM picked up rather more than six per cent of the vote.

In Mocimboa da Praia, Frelimo won by a margin of about eight per cent. Mocimboa da Praia district has been the centre of a low-level insurgency by Islamic fundamentalists, but there is no sign that the islamists tried to disrupt the elections.

Renamo boycotted the previous local elections, in 2013, and so all the opposition vote was concentrated in the MDM. In 2013, Frelimo won crushing victories in all four of these municipalities - with 66 per cent of the vote in Lichinga, 80 per cent in Cuamba, 74 per cent in Pemba and 86 per cent in Mocimboa da Praia.

The results announced on Friday for these four municipalities are as follows:



Frelimo: 28,668 (51.93 per cent)

Renamo: 24,949 (45.19 per cent)

MDM: 1,591 (2.88 per cent)


Renamo: 12,952 (53.3 per cent)

Frelimo: 9,586 (39.45 per cent)

MDM: 1,584 (6.52 per cent)

Cabo Delgado


Frelimo: 30,880 (54.21 per cent)

Renamo: 21,860 (39.01 per cent)

MDM: 3,442 (6.14 per cent)

Mocimboa da Praia

Frelimo: 13,641 (51.71 per cent)

Renamo: 11,577 (43.89 per cent)

MDM: 1,162 (4.4 per cent)

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: AIM

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.