Mozambique elections: Renamo leader insists he will not recognise results
Ossufo Momade is the son of Momade Ossufo and Zainabo Alide, born on the Island of Mozambique in Nampula on January 30, 1961. He attended Luís de Camões Elementary School on the island of Mozambique and, after completing Grade 4 in 1973, went to the commercial school Pero de Covilhã.
In 1974, after the Lusaka accords, he joined the Mozambican Liberation Armed Forces (FPLM) in Nampula, serving in the military political commissariat before moving into the health area, where he served as the private secretary to the provincial director of military health.
In 1978, he was transferred from Nampula to the staff training centre in Inhambane and,in the same year, heard on Renamo Radio about the creation of the party. By that time, he was the commander of an FPLM company.
He came under attack while visiting an area under Renamo control, and it was then, in December 1978,that he joined the party. Three months later, after military training in Gorongosa and Maringue, Ossufo Momade joined the first mission in Tete province, led by the Renamo leader himself, Afonso Dhlakama.
Several missions followed in the provinces of Manica and Sofala. A year later, he is promoted to head of the section. In early 1981, Momade was promoted to commander of the company. He worked successively in Manica and Zambézia.
In mid-1983, he was sent by the Renamo leader to open the front of Nampula and in the same year was promoted to Major General. when the first contacts for peace negotiations began, he and other generals were transferred to the Banana House in Gorongosa where they coordinated the negotiation process.
In 1992, he was promoted to Lieutenant General in Maringué. After the signing of the peace agreement, he was appointed to oversee the Commission to supervise the cease-fire.
In 1993 he was appointed head of the religious affairs department and later transferred to Nampula to lead the military cantonment process.
In 1996, he was elected provincial political delegate of Nampula and was later elected regional delegate to the north.
In 1999, he was elected deputy of the Assembly of the Republic, where he currently serves. And in 2003 he was appointed head of the war demobilisation department.
In 2007 he was elected Secretary General of Renamo, a post he left in 2013, replaced by Manuel Bissopo. He was then appointed head of the defence and security department of Renamo, a position he has held up to now.
He currently attends the second year of the Law course at Instituto Superior Monitor of Maputo.Deutsche Welle