Mozambique: Renamo leader comes out of hiding

2014-09-05 06:08

Maputo - The leader of Mozambique's armed opposition party Renamo came out of hiding on Thursday in order to contest the 15 October elections.

Afonso Dhlakama left the Gorongosa Mountains in central Mozambique and flew to Maputo, where nearly 2 000 supporters welcomed him at the airport.

"My absence from Maputo was a sacrifice worth taking, because it has brought significant gains ... for the Mozambican people and the political parties," Dhlakama said in a reference to a new electoral law allowing parties to post representatives at polling stations without the threat of arrest.

Dhlakama was due to meet President Armando Guebuza in order to seal the 24 August agreement which is due to end nearly two years of low-level warfare.

Renamo waged a 16-year civil war against the Frelimo party, which has governed Mozambique since independence from Portugal in 1975.

A 1992 peace deal turned Renamo into the biggest opposition party, but it launched a campaign of highway ambushes and other attacks in 2012, accusing the government of excluding it from political and economic power structures.

The elections will pit Dhlakama against Felipe Nyasa, the Frelimo candidate to succeed Guebuza.

Renamo currently holds 51 seats in the 250-member parliament.

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-09-05 06:38

    Why hide Mr Dhlakama.We have heard and seen your troops into Zim east for long.Time to come out and play.Come and see our Zim dollar as well.I wanna give u a trillion.

  • Nyakanyaka Nyakanyaka - 2014-09-05 06:48

    Real fighter of opression against mozambican masses, alfonso from the mountain to president. Viva renamo viva

  • Kawa Chale - 2014-09-05 06:49

    It's time like this when one think of Jonas Savimbi's last days...just thinking !

  • Colin Ashby - 2014-09-05 07:13

    Another reason not to go to Mozambique

  • Changamire Chitsere - 2014-09-05 08:00

    The only reason the boys from zna spared your life is because you are shona, otherwise we had you at our mercy at gorongosa. Bloody sellout.

  • Hilton Haley - 2014-09-05 08:07

    Bunch of criminals

  • Lerato Marule - 2014-09-05 14:25

    This stupid he can't see the ods are against him p w botha is dead

  • Roger Bongani Nkosi - 2014-09-05 17:03

    I salute peace agreement in our region and continent as whole,may God bless Africa that He may fill our leaders hearts with the knowledge of His will and spiritual understanding that Africa is not a war ground but a peace place destination ,a wonderful made place by God in reflection of heavenly realms

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