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"We appeal to all of Mozambique's friends so that in the name of democracy and inclusion, no one encourages the bear of arms or killings against the Mozambican people to force am ascend," said Filipe Nyusi
President Filipe Nyusi today reiterated his willingness to dialogue “without preconditions” with the largest opposition party in Mozambique, Renamo, appealing “to all of Mozambique’s friends” not to encourage the use of weapons.
“We reiterate our openness to dialogue without preconditions,” said the head of State of Mozambique, speaking at a graduation ceremony at the Police Academy of Sciences (ACIPOL) in Maputo.
At a time when the political crisis in Mozambique worsens, with 19 attacks against civilian and military targets recorded in two weeks assigned to the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo), Filipe Nyusi said that no one should encourage the illegal possession of weapons, adding that dialogue between the parties involved must respect the legal system of the country.
“We appeal to all of Mozambique’s friends so that in the name of democracy and inclusion, no one encourages the bear of arms or killings against the Mozambican people to force an ascend,” said the head of the Mozambican state, adding that Mozambique can not sustain the individual wills of a single person.
Filipe Nyusi declared that the Mozambican government will work to continue to ensure the safety of the population, which should “devote its attention to the development of Mozambique.”
Mozambique is experiencing a situation of political uncertainty for several months and the leader of Renamo threatens to seize power in six northern and central provinces of the country, where the opposition movement claims victory in the general elections of October 2014.
This is the worst crisis in Mozambique since the Cessation of Military Hostilities Agreement signed on September 5 2014 by former President Armando Guebuza and the Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.
Despite two meetings between Nyusi and Dhlakama in early 2015, political violence returned and worsened in recent months, with mutual accusations of attacks, kidnappings and assassinations.
In recent days, attacks attributed to Renamo in Sofala province led the authorities to mount mandatory military escorts to civilian vehicles in two sections of the N1, the main road of the country.
Renamo recently asked the mediation of South African President, Jacob Zuma, and the Catholic Church to the dialogue with the government, which has been blocked for several months.
The President Filipe Nyusi has reiterated ihis willingness to meet with the leader of Renamo, but Afonso Dhlakama believes that there is nothing to talk about, Frelimo having rejected in parliament the timely revision of the Constitution to give legal cover to the new administrative regions claimed by the opposition and says that dialogue will only resume after the seizure of power in the centre and north of the country.