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Renamo, the main opposition party in Mozambique, accused Defence and Security Forces (FDS) of kidnapping three of its members in the northern district of Mogovolas on Thursday, having later released only one.
Speaking to Lusa, the spokesperson for the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), António Muchanga, said thatn in the party’s headquarters to the administrative post of Macusse, FDS personnel had taken the head of Mobilisation, in the area, Inês Manuel, and two companions to the forest, having released Manuel, after receiving a 10 thousand meticais (about EUR140) payment.
“They demanded that each of the three pay ten thousand meticais.” As only Inês Manuel paid, she was released, and the other two members of the party are still missing, “said Muchanga.
Renamo, said the spokesman for the main opposition party in Mozambique, reported the case to police in Nampula.
Last Friday, Renamo accused unknown individuals of killing on Thursday the head of the party’s Organisation in the district of Tsangano, central Mozambique, João Abrão.
According to the party’s spokesman, the head of the Renamo Organisation was abducted at night in the locality of Mapanje, Tete province, by people who were transported in a white car and his body was found riddled with bullets in mount Nhodola, a few meters from the village of Tsangano.
Mozambican police have yet to comment on the two cases.
Although the perpetrators of the assassination of the Renamo official in Tsangano were not known, political assassinations were one of the hallmarks during the confrontations between the FDS and Renamo in the wave of political violence that followed the general elections of 2014 and lasted until the truce declared last December.
Earlier this month, the Renamo president announced the extension of the truce – in effect since December – in clashes with the FDS for another 60 days, expressing confidence in a definitive agreement.
Negotiations have as agenda items the demilitarisation of Renamo, the depoliticisation of the FDS and the drafting of a law proposal aimed at the decentralisation of the country’s provinces.
Peace in Mozambique has been under constant threat in recent years due to cleavages between Frelimo and Renamo.
Between 2013 and the end of 2016, the country was plagued by acts of violence opposing the FDS and Renamo’s armed wing, as part of the challenge of the 2014 electoral process by the main opposition partySource: Lusa