Former President Chissano warns against misinterpretation of peace accords in Mozambique
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Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano said the government should “take a deep look at” the threat to peace posed by the crisis in the main opposition party Renamo, saying that the solution lies in a peaceful deterrent.
“If I were in power, I would look deeply into the situation” in Renamo, Joaquim Chissano said in remarks to the Mozambican television station TVM.
Chissano pointed out that the danger posed by the split in the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) should be assessed for [its effect on] the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed on the 6th of this month.
“Renamo’s situation must be analysed to see if there is a real danger to peace, and the path [to solving this] must be through peaceful deterrence,” he added.
The former Mozambican head of state said that the challenge posed by a Renamo guerrilla faction to the party leadership could have at its root high expectations for material gain after disarmament and demobilisation.
“There must be people who are unhappy because they want to have more than they deserve or more than they are entitled to,” said Joaquim Chissano.
On Monday, a self-proclaimed Renamo Military Junta elected Mariano Nhongo party chairman, in opposition to the official structure of Mozambique’s main opposition force, which is led by Ossufo Momade.
Mariano Nhongo, a lieutenant general in Renamo’s armed wing, is the founder of the self-proclaimed military junta and its sole candidate, having been elected on the last day of the group’s extraordinary national council.
The group, which describes itself as a Renamo military structure with 11 provincial military units “entrenched in the woods”, considers that the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed by Mozambican head of state Filipe Nyusi and Ossufo Momade is null and void, insofar as, according to the group, Ossufo Momade does not represent the military wing of the party.Source: Lusa