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Commander-General of the Mozambique Police Bernardino Rafael said yesterday in Beira that the announcement of the establishment of new bases by the Renamo Military Junta (JMR) was a concern for his institution.
The creation of the said bases was announced last weekend in Gorongosa, Sofala province, where the group’s first extraordinary conference elected its leader.
Rafael said the conflict was one between Renamo itself and the military junta.
“The guerrillas in question present themselves as Renamo Military Junta. This is a clear indication that this is a party affair. Renamo has leaders, and this problem can be considered normal given that in politics thinking differently is normal, ” the police commander general said.
He also said that he believes “in a peaceful solution. At this time, the conflict is internal to Renamo and does not require any intervention by the Defence and Security Forces. I believe the problem will be resolved peacefully by this same party.”
The deadline announced by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, for the dismantling of Renamo’s bases throughout the country passed yesterday. This deadline was set under the Definitive Hostess Cessation Agreement, signed last August 6 in Gorongosa by the head of state and the Renamo leader.
Rafael was speaking in Beira, where he preparing for the general election campaigning which starts next weekend.
The PRM commander-in-chief will hold meetings with the Frelimo, Renamo and MDM heads of list and representative, urging them to contribute to peaceful elections.
“Eventual disputes on the public space between the political parties that will be led by their respective list heads that will dictate the conquest of the electorate and consequently the electoral victory. Public disputes will not increase, guarantee or reduce votes,” Rafael said. “The public space should be at the centre of social and political coexistence and a transmission vehicle for the message of each party. This is what we will tell the political parties when we meet them.”
The general commander of the police urged members of the corporation to work diligently to ensure that the next general elections are held in a harmonious environment.
By Francisco RaivaSource: O País
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