MOZAMBIQUE – Southern African Bishops’ Appeal for Peace in Mozambique

Agenzia Fides logoMaputo (Agenzia Fides) – Cautious opening of the Mozambican government’s with regards to the request of RENAMO (Mozambique National Resistance) to involve domestic observers in the dialogue to resolve the crisis that saw the national army attack the headquarters of the former guerrilla movement in the forests of Sadjunjira in the central province of Sofala, on October 21. The leader of RENAMO, Afonso Dhlakama, managed to escape and hide in an unspecified place.
Since then, in attacks committed by men of RENAMO to government institutions and along the roads, dozens of people have lost their lives.
José Pacheco, Minister of Agriculture and head of the government commission for dialogue with the main = opposition party, said that the government is ready to recognize the participation in discussions with RENAMO of Lourenco do Rosario, Rector of the private “A Polytechnic” University, and Mgr. Dinis Sengulane, Anglican Bishop of Lebombo, but rejected the idea of involving foreign mediators, saying that “we Mozambicans can solve internal affairs”.
Meanwhile in the administrative elections boycotted by RENAMO, the ruling party, FRELIMO, was re-elected at the head of the administration of the capital Maputo.
The Mozambican crisis was recalled by IMBISA Assembly (Interregional Association of Bishops of Southern Africa), the body that brings together the Bishops of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, which was held in mid-November in Gaborone (Botswana). “We follow with concern, says the message of IMBISA, what is happening in Mozambique in recent times. It seems that the weapons are being replaced, bringing suffering and death, to dialogue and cooperation of all for the consolidation of peace”.
Referring to the peace agreements of 1992, which put an end to a war which lasted 17 years, the message said that “Mozambique and its leaders are taken as an example of how to end a long war through dialogue”.
“Mozambique plays a very important role in our region. Its progress and stability are vital for our Countries to consolidate their development. We therefore call on our governments to join their voices to that of the people of Mozambique to demand the cessation of all acts of violence and the use of weapons and to encourage all efforts of dialogue”, the document concludes. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 27/11/2013)

Government – Renamo talks resume, despite raid on arsenal

Club of Mozambique… the attack, at about 03.30 on Monday morning, against an arsenal of the Mozambican Armed Forces (FADM) at Savane, in Sofala. At least six Mozambican soldiers were murdered in the raid.
No-one has claimed responsibility for the attack… According to a report in the Maputo daily “Noticias”, there were about 30 FADM troops at the arsenal, who were taken completely off their guard by the pre-dawn raid. The attackers made off with an unknown amount of weaponry.
The paper’s report says that five soldiers were killed on the spot, and a sixth died later in Beira Central Hospital. Another is unaccounted for and may also be dead. A wounded soldier is still undergoing treatment at the hospital.
The head of the Savane administrative post, Rosa Bia Luis, had no doubt that the raiders, who wore uniforms, were members of Renamo. She said the attack had caused great tension in Savane, and that some public institutions, including schools and health units had closed their doors because of it.
The wounded soldier told reporters that the attackers had also suffered casualties, but had carried their dead and wounded away with them.
Savane in Sofala Mozambique

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9 dead after Renamo threatens war to block elections

Document sent recently from Mozambique.
Nine people have been killed since Friday (first week of April 2013) in a growing confrontation between Renamo and the government in Muxúnguè, Sofala province, on the main north-south road (EN1) 100km north of the River Save. (…) Finally, on Sunday in Muxúnguè in an unexplained attack, the local Anglican pastor was killed.
Catholic bishops in a pastoral letter Sunday said that the “hypocrisy” of both Frelimo and Renamo was behind the conflict. It cited the “intense antagonism and lack of tolerance and dialogue” on both sides. It went on to blame the lack of internal democracy in the two parties. “Aren’t there many members of both parties who are afraid to express their own opinion if it differs from that of party leaders?” asked the bishops. READ MORE

Please, let us remember our confreres who are living at Dombe situated at 70km from Muxúnguè.