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The bases and positions of Renamo, Mozambique’s main opposition party, should be dismantled by 21 this month, according to the proposed Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement, which Lusa has had access to yesterday. [Full text in Portuguese HERE].
President Filipe Nyusi’s proposal incorporating the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement was deposited in the Assembly of the Republic, which will debate the document in extraordinary session on a date to be decided today Tuesday by the Permanent Commission of the Mozambican legislative body.
The document, entitled Peace Law, stipulates in paragraph 5 of the preamble that “the dismantling of bases and positions related to military hostilities must be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding on Military Affairs and concluded by 21 August of this year.”
The protection of the leader of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) will be provided by the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) contingent responsible for the protection of VIPs.
“The quartering and the respective logistical assurance [of the Renamo leader security guard] is the responsibility of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique,” the document stipulates.
The Mozambican Defence and Security Forces (FDS) are required to notify the Military Affairs Commission in five days of any approach within five kilometres to a Renamo base prior to its dismantling.
According to the document, the transfer of Renamo armed men to accommodation centres for disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) should also be facilitated.
The Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the members of the armed Renamo wing must facilitate the return of people who have been forced to leave their homes due to clashes between the two parties.
Under the agreement, Renamo must refrain from violent acts or armed attacks against the civilian population and their property, as well as against any FDS positions.
The armed arm of the main opposition party may also not acquire or distribute weapons, ammunition or other war material.
Renamo must also “refrain from creating or occupying new positions in the national territory or engaging in offensive acts.”
The pact also prohibits Renamo from recruiting or mobilising further personnel of any kind or age, either voluntarily or by force, for any armed contingent.