Frelimo calls for no violence in campaign
File photo / Ivone Soares
Renamo has on Wednesday (September 14) exposed an alleged assassination attempt on Ivone Soares, head of its parliamentary bench and has blamed the government for the occurrence.
According to a communiqué by the opposition party read by deputy Juliano Ricardo, Soares survived an attempt on her life on September 8, at around 7h20m p.m. in Quelimane city, “when a man who was following on a motorcycle tried to shoot her, in the vehicle in which she, accompanied by dozens of members of Renamo and staff, was travelling” a few kilometres from the airport of Queimane, in central Mozambique.
However, according to Renamo, “the AK 47-type gun jammed”.
The statement goes on to claim that, a few kilometres after the first attempt, a white Toyota tried to block the vehicle Soares was travelling in to give the motorcycle assassin a second chance, but the driver of the Renamo vehicle leader would have managed to foil the alleged ambush.
“The Renamo parliamentary bench rejects any attacks on staff and political leaders and strongly condemns barbaric acts aimed at silencing the voices of the opposition parties as a way of eliminating democracy in Mozambique,” said Ricardo who believes that, and in accordance with Renamo, the attack against Ivone Soares is the “work of death squads and fits in a campaign of obstruction of the activity of the opposition,” which in no way contributes to peace and reconciliation in Mozambique.
The government has not yet reacted to the claims.Source: Voa Portugues
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