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José Manteigas. ]File photo: O País]
The Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the country’s main opposition party, on Friday publicly denounced acts of violence which have allegedly occurred after the signing of the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement on the 6th of this month, Lusa News Agency reports.
“Two days after the signing of the Maputo Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, acts of violence and political intolerance occurred in various parts of the country,” Renamo spokesman Jose Manteigas told a press conference in Maputo.
José Manteigas cited four cases, in Tete and Zambezia provinces in the centre of the country, and in Inhambane and Gaza in the south.
“In Maflaucha village in Tete, the homes and property of Marcos Cangachipe Chissassa, Johane Langitoni Jovuyabema and José Ailaqui, all of them members of Renamo, were burned down the dead of night,” the spokesman said.
On August 8, 2019, in the Morrumbala district of Zambezia province, policemen and members of the community police “abused and assaulted” Renamo members and supporters who were awaiting the arrival of a provincial brigade, Manteigas said.
For Renamo, such acts breach and call into question the Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement signed on August 6.
“Mozambicans are beginning to question the effectiveness of the agreements and the commitment to good faith, because if there is such behaviour before the elections, what will happen during the election campaign and on voting day?” Manteigas asked.
Renamo has appealed to Mozambicans, the international community and the Mozambican president, Filipe Nyusi, to condemn all acts that call peace into question.
“We publicly denounce these acts as detrimental to political cohabitation and take the opportunity to urge the president to take all necessary steps to end these attitudes,” Renamo said.
The Peace and National Reconciliation Agreement was signed by Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade, the third to be signed by the Frelimo government and Renamo.
The first was signed in 1992 to end the 16-year civil war and the second was signed in 2014 following clashes between Renamo’s armed wing and the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces following the refusal of the main opposition party to accept the results of the general elections.Source: Lusa