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Ossufo Momane - RENAMO's leader
RENAMO is demanding the appointment of 14 of its members to senior positions in the Armed Forces in line with a Memorandum of Understanding signed with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.
Interim coordinator of Renamo, Ossufo Momade, said the temporary appointment of three of the party members to the Armed Forces must be corrected.
Today marks a week since Renamo, through its spokesman Jose Manteigas, expressed indignation with the interim appointments of three party officers to director positions in the army.
The appointments were announced by the Ministry of National Defense through a press release.
Those temporarily appointed include Commodore Inacio Luís Vaz and Brigadiers Xavier António and Araújo Andeiro Maciacona as directors of Military Information, Operations and Communications respectively.
After Perdiz’s demonstration, the Minister of National Defense reacted saying that the temporary appointment of the Renamo men to senior positions does not mean that they are not officials.
Atanásio Ntumuke added that Renamo must stop complaining and start collaborating in the process of demilitarisation and integration of its men.
However, Momade said the interim appointments violate the agreement signed with the President of the Republic.
“We, therefore, request the President of the Republic, as subscriber of the Memorandum of Understanding of August 6, to correct the interim appointments and proceed according to this document. For the sake of the Nation, we also ask for speed in the next steps,” Momade said.
And reacting to the judgment of the Constitutional Council that rejected Renamo’s appeal on the annulment of Marromeu’s election results, Momade reiterated that the decision of the body call into question the principles of democracy.
“As we have been saying, these municipal elections were an authentic farce sponsored by the Police of the Republic of Mozambique, National Election Commission, the Technical Secretariat for Electoral Administration and Constitutional Council. These institutions were instrumented to do everything in order to falsify the electoral results and withdraw the victory of RENAMO. The behavior of these institutions grossly undermines democracy, peace, social stability and aggravate the internal conflicts in our country. Thus, in view of the National interest, for the greater good that we all desire, we reiterate our appeal to the President of the Republic, Mozambican Civil Society, Religious Confessions and the International Community, including the United Nations, to jointly restore the electoral truth from the October 10 elections,” Momade said during a conference today aimed at discussing the meeting in Gorongosa Mountain with the Contact Group represented by its president Ambassador of Switzerland, Mirko Manzoni, co-president Ambassador of the United States of America Dean Pitman, Ambassador of the European Union António Sanchez and High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana Gobe Pitso.
According to Momade, the meeting served to inform the Contact Group about the problems encountered during the municipal elections on 10th October, 2018 and the repetition of the vote in the Council of Marromeu, ordered by the Constitutional Council.
On the other hand, Renamo assured the international partners of their commitment to continue negotiations and to respect the memorandum of understanding subscribed by the parties.
“Because we are lovers of peace and we want peace, the meeting with the Contact Group also served to review the Negotiations Process with the Government. We assure these partners of the RENAMO Party’s commitment to continue negotiations and, above all, we commit ourselves to complying with the Memorandum of Understanding signed by us and the President of the Republic on August 06, 2018, and we also demand that it be complied with,” Momade said.
Renamo also spoke of the dearth of life where it considers that it is aggravated by the unconstitutional and illegal debts and continues to suffocate the Mozambican families.
The continued politicization of the State and corruption in public institutions is another point of concern.
“It concerns us and the Mozambicans in general how the Government and the institutions of Administration of Justice have turned a blind eye to these evils that tear [apart] the lives of Mozambicans. Regarding unconstitutional and illegal debts, RENAMO’s position has always been clear: we demand that its mentors be elevated to the bar of the court and blamed. As for corruption and [politicization] of the State, only a serious government and defender of the public that will be formed by RENAMO can eliminate that from our country. As long as Frelimo continues to manage Mozambique, we will have a Public Administration [that is] always corrupt…The corrupt will never fight another corrupt, let alone himself,” said
Momade who ended his speech by stating that corruption is fighting itself with visible acts practiced by servants of the people engaged in respect for the common good.Source: O País