Hundreds of Mozambicans flee to Malawi

2015-07-27 21:04
A de-miner using simple digging tools to locate mines for destruction at the Cahora Bassa minefield in Tete Province in Mozambique. (The Halo Trust, AFP)

A de-miner using simple digging tools to locate mines for destruction at the Cahora Bassa minefield in Tete Province in Mozambique. (The Halo Trust, AFP)

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Maputo - A Malawian official says hundreds of Mozambicans have fled into the neighbouring country following fighting between the government and opposition fighters.

Commissioner for Malawi's Mwanza district, Gift Rapozo, told The Associated Press on Monday that about 700 Mozambicans fled into the country two weeks ago and more are crossing the border to escape fighting between the Mozambican army and fighters loyal to the opposition party Renamo.

Mozambican Agriculture Minister Jose Pacheco, who is the government's chief negotiator with Renamo, said Renamo fighters carried out two attacks in northern Tete province, violating a peace agreement signed last year before the general elections.

Renamo's chief negotiator, Simon Macuiane said the government must provide proof of the attacks.

Renamo and Frelimo signed a peace accord in September last year.

Read more on:    frelimo  |  renamo  |  mozambique  |  malawi  |  southern africa
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