Mozambique: Renamo guerrillas looking forward to return to civilian life - Watch
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Mozambique’s National Defence and Security Council (CNDS) has called for an investigation into alleged abuses committed by members of the main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, in the western province of Tete.
The CNDS, which is an advisory body, met on Wednesday in Maputo, with President Filipe Nyusi in the chair.
According to a release from the CNDS, the meeting “analysed abuses committed by some Renamo individuals, in Kondezi locality, in Moatize district, Tete province, against the local population”.
The Renamo members are accused of preventing the local people from undertaking their productive activities, on the grounds that Kondezi is an area under Renamo control. The CNDS wanted an investigation to bring to account those responsible for preventing people from working.
It suggested that the Monitoring Group, created under last year’s agreement between Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade, should lead the investigation.
The CNDS received a report on the law and order situation in the country, and praised the defence and security forces for their activities in restoring order and stability, particularly in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado province, which have been wracked by an insurgency believed to take inspiration from Islamic fundamentalism. It urged the defence forces to continue their operations against the terrorist groups, whom it blamed for “barbaric acts perpetrated against defenceless citizens”.
The meeting also discussed the “Cutlass Express” military exercises that will be held in Mozambique in January and February as part of the bilateral military cooperation between Mozambique and the United States.
The CNDS also considered the situation of the many thousands of people affected by the heavy rains that fell, particularly in Beira and the neighbouring town of Dondo, this week. Nyusi instructed the government to survey the situation and take the necessary measures, in coordination with the National Disasters Management Institute (INGC), the state relief agencySource: AIM