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The leader of Mozambique’s main opposition party, the rebel movement Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama, on Saturday joined the campaign for the mayoral by-election in the northern city of Nampula, not in person, but by telephone.
He spoke from his military camp, somewhere in the central district of Gorongosa, to a Renamo rally in the Nampula neighbourhood of Carrupeia, urging his listeners to vote for the Renamo candidate, Paulo Vahanle.
“I am asking you all to vote for Vahanle”, said Dhlakama. “Under my guidance, he will work well. It’s time that Nampula had a good man”.
Dhlakama said Vahanle deserves to win the by-election, scheduled for next Wednesday “because he is disciplined, well educated, and thus the best for Nampula”.
The Renamo leader added that, if Vahanle wins the election, he will discover who murdered the previous mayor, Mahamudo Amurane, who was assassinated on 4 October. “He will work until he finds out who killed Amurane”, said Dhlakama.
But investigating murders is no part of the work of a mayor. Dhlakama was suggesting that, despite a lack of criminal investigation experience, Vahanle will succeed where the police have so far failed.
Vahanle’s campaign was also boosted by the personal presence in Nampula of the Renamo general secretary, Manuel Bissopo, and the head of the Renamo parliamentary group, Ivone Soares.Source: AIM