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The new coordinator of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), Ossufo Momade, said on Monday that the party “was not giving up” on the subject of the State Information and Security Service (SISE), and that advances in the integration of its men within the scope of the implementation of the consensuses reached in the peace negotiations in Mozambique were taking place.
“We cannot give up the secret services requirement,” Momade said in a telephone interview with VOA from Gorongosa, claiming that “it is there that they make plans to ambush, kidnap and kill those who oppose the regime, not only from Renamo, but from other parties too, as well as commentators and journalists”.
Renamo’s interim leader said, however, that there was progress in integrating Renamo’s residual armed men into the Mozambican secret services.
In August, the Mozambican press reported that the opposition had proposed waiving the integration of its men into SISE, after, SISE blocked the sharing of functions with Renamo in July, casting a shadow over negotiations between the party and the government.
“We would like to see all the issues on the table between the President (Afonso) Dhlakama and the President (Filipe) Nyusi,” Momade said, maintaining that the implementation of the memorandum with the government to promote and patent the first Renamo officers in the Defence Forces of Mozambique (FADM) was well under way.
“We believe that (the promoted servicemen) will occupy the places agreed within days,” he said.
The agreement between the government and Renamo allows for the integration of the residual Renamo forces into the FADM, the police and its various units, and the secret services.Source: Voa Portugues