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The self-proclaimed “Renamo Military Junta”, which demands the resignation of Ossufo Momade, has denounced a government plan to attack its men in Gorongosa, supposedly to force the guerrillas not to interfere in negotiations with the party leadership.
“Today, I have received information that the Government is preparing troops to attack these men who are forcing us to accept what (Afonso) Dhlakama left,” Mariano Nhungue, Renamo Major General and leader of the military group challenging the party leadership said.
Nhungue added that Ossufo Momade’s peace talks “violated the spirit of the agreement” that former leader Afonso Dhlakama intended to reach on the issue of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of Renamo combatants.
The leader of the “junta” threatened to respond to any military intervention by the government, warning of the outbreak of a new conflict which would prevent the holding of the general elections, scheduled for less than three months’ time.
“If the government does not solve this problem, there will be war here in Mozambique,” Nhungue warned.
On Tuesday, the group announced that it had disarmed Ossufo Momade’s guard at Gorongosa and that practical measures to establish a new leadership would be presented within 10 days’ time.
Renamo has already responded by downplaying Nhungue’s claims and saying the party is united behind Ossufo Momade’s leadership.
Source: Voa Portugues