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The founder of the Renamo Military Junta, which is disputing the party’s leadership, has threatened military action if the government refuses to renegotiate the Demobilisation, Disarmament and Reintegration (DDR) process decisions with the group.
Renamo General Mariano Nhongo is conditioning the cantonment of Renamo’s remaining combatants on the integration of the guerrillas into the army, the Rapid Intervention Unit (UIR) and the State Information and Security Services (SISE).
“If not, we will wage war, because we are people who understand,” General Nhongo said on the sidelines of the Renamo Military Junta extraordinary council in Gorongosa, adding that the group just wanted to “negotiate well with the government.”
The group condemned the absence of accredited organisations, such as the Red Cross, in the surrender of weapons and the end of the conflict, calling the process an “abuse” of democracy.
“What is to be done on August 21st is abuse,” Nhongo said about the planned delivery by international military experts of the weapons collected in the disarmament process to the Mozambican government.
He likewise denounced “Ossufo (Momade) and the government’s” plan to occupy Renamo Military Junta bases in Gorongosa.
The Renamo Military Junta has been meeting since Saturday, in the absence of the party’s official structure, to elect a group president and interim group president. On Saturday, the group elected their spokesperson.
The group, which he said was structured in 11 provincial military units, now has the support of 500 guerrillas.
The gathering of more than 80 guerrillas is taking place near a new group base in a forest in Piro on the slopes of the Gorongosa mountain range, and is to end on Monday with the announcement of the composition of the new organs.