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Noticias / From left to right: Jacinto veloso, Father Angelo romano, Apostolic Nuncio Edgar Pena Parra and Mario Raffaelli
The reaction of the government Joint Commission delegation to mediators’ proposals on the provisional appointment of Renamo governors is to be known tomorrow.
At the end of yesterday’s session, international mediation coordinator Mario Raffaelli announced that the Renamo delegation had given its position on the proposal but that the presidential team had requested more time. Raffaelli’s statement was very brief and did not go into any details on the content of the mediators’ proposal.
The positions of both parties would be made known in a plenary session of the Joint Commission.
What Noticias so far knows of the government’s position on the matter of Renamo’s provisional governance is that Afonso Dhlakama’s party must to indicate three names from the provincial assemblies where it is represented one of whom will be appointed by the head of state to exercise the [discretionary] powers conferred upon him by law.
Data pertaining to the 2014 general election shows Renamo victory in only two provinces, Sofala and Zambezia. The government team argues that Renamo should immediately stop all armed attacks against civilians and public and private property as a quid pro quo for the appointment of provisional governors.
A Joint Commission source says that Renamo insists on ruling in the six provinces where it says to have won in the general elections of 2014 and that the governors are to be appointed by Afonso Dhlakama to fulfil their own programs, not the government’s, and that they should be irremovable, holding office, until the next election.
According to the same source, Renamo will insist that everything agreed in the Joint Commission is sanctioned by an agreement inked before the meeting at the highest level [between President Nyusi and Afonso Dhlakama]. However, the Frelimo delegation again recalled that it has no mandate to decide on the issues that are being discussed in the the Joint Committee.
Also according to the source, Renamo has while addressing agreed agenda items been raising issues of a constitutional nature which could have serious implications for the country’s legal system.