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FILE: From left to right: Mariano Nhongo, Matsangaissa Jr and the "Military Junta" spokesman. [File photo: Voa Portugues]
Mariano Nhongo, leader of the self proclaimed Renamo “Military Junta”, has threatened to retaliate for the abduction of relatives of Renamo’s founder if they are not released in the coming days.
“This will cause the governor to die, with this [case of kidnapping] wife [and children]. The administrator and the governor [of Manica] will pay if they are killed,” Nhongo said, condemning the increase in abductions of people linked to his movement.
The wife and three children of André Matsangaissa Júnior, a nephew of Renamo’s first president (Andre Matsangaissa], were abducted on Wednesday, December 18, from his home in the Nhamaonha neighbourhood of Chimoio city, the capital of Manica province.
“My wife and three children have been kidnapped and the kidnappers are asking for a ransom,” André Matsangaissa Júnior told VOA by telephone from his hiding place in Gorongosa. “The ransom price is me surrendering to a police station,” he said.
VOA contacted Manica police spokesman Mateus Mindu, who said there were no reports of any abductions from the Chimoio police subunits.
André Matsangaissa Júnior joined Nhongo’s group in July on the eve of its extraordinary meeting in Gorongosa.
Renamo was founded in 1976, with André Matsangaissa its first leader. After Matsangaissa’s death, the movement, later turned into a political party, was directed by Afonso Dhlakama [until his death]. Ossufo Momade is the new leader.
By André BaptistaSource: Voa Portugues
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