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An attempted attack was made against Ivone Soares, head of Renamo in parliament and niece of Renamo president Afonso Dhlakama , on the evening of Thursday 8 September just outside Quelimane airport.
In a press conference held on Friday, September 9, 2016, in the capital of Zambezia province, Ivone Soares, head of Renamo bench in parliament, said she did not know who tried to shoot her and so would not be able to hold Frelimo responsible for the attempted shooting she claims to have taken place against her.
After a courtesy meeting with the governor of Zambezia, Abdul Razak, Ivone Soares also told reporters that the mission that she was to fulfill in that province will not be interrupted, having escaped the alluded attempted attack perpetrated by men so far unknown.
“They took an AKM-type gun!”
Describing Thursday’s events, Ivone Soares said : “As I was leaving the airport, two men on a motorbike stopped in front of us and took out a gun, an AKM-type weapon. They handled the gun, but fortunately were unable to shoot.”
Soares said she was not accusing anyone of the attempted shooting and was not in any way attributing responsibility to Frelimo.
Ivone Soares claims that governor Abul Razak felt embarrassed and apologised,”I am a woman who makes policy, I cannot point the finger at this one or that one,” she said.
After a courtesy meeting with the governor of Zambezia, Abdul Razak, Soares told reporters that her mission to the province would not be interrupted.
“The governor apologised and said he would work with the defence and security forces to solve the case as soon as possible.”
The Provincial Police Command in Zambezia however says it has no information on the occurrence.Source: Deutsche Welle