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Mozambique's Renamo may disrupt poll

2012-12-06 22:13

Maputo - Mozambique's Renamo opposition party, the rump of a guerilla movement that waged a 16-year civil war, threatened on Thursday to obstruct elections next year unless the mineral-rich southern African nation's government reformed electoral laws.

Renamo has repeatedly accused the ruling Frelimo party, its foe in the post-independence civil war that ended in the early 1990s, of rigging elections and says the National Election Committee is stacked in Frelimo's favour.

"No party can participate in elections until we have a law that benefits democracy," Renamo spokesperson Fernando Mazanga said.

The opposition party, which holds 18% of National Assembly seats, was prepared to incite nationwide demonstrations to paralyse the electoral process, he added.

Although Renamo has made such threats before, any disruptions to Mozambique's post-war stability are a concern for foreign mining companies keen to exploit some of the world's largest coal and natural gas reserves.

Frelimo denied any meddling in the set-up of elections, and said Renamo was simply trying to buy time because it was ill-prepared to go to the polls.

"The elections are not won through fraud. It is a transparent process," spokesperson Damiao Jose said. "The way we see it, they are not ready to participate in the next elections."

Membership of the election commission is currently calculated on the basis of parliamentary representation, putting it firmly in control of Frelimo, which has held a tight grip on power since independence from Portugal in 1975.

Renamo wants the commission to be split equally between itself, Frelimo and the Mozambican Democratic Movement (MDM), another opposition party that has been cashing in on ebbing Renamo support.

"The future commission needs to be equal, to create equal opportunity for all candidates, rather than give supremacy to one of the parties," Renamo's Mazanga said.

Municipal polls are due late next year and tensions have been rising since October when Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama left his headquarters in the second city of Beira for the countryside, where he had his civil war guerrilla base.

Comments
  • mmoledis - 2012-12-06 22:39

    Renamo must not do stupit things they must go to the table to negotiate because in SADC we do not want such things,because all neigbouring countries will have problems of influx of refugeees from Mozambique because of them and take their country 100 steps backwards while after 16 years of fighting it then became back on track and peace was instaled at the end. So Renamo must start to think twice before they can engage in such hostile activities.

      rasheed.george - 2012-12-07 10:34

      But if frelimo maintain peace and justice with renamo things will be fine. But if not Mosambique will suffer coz Frelimo got no fair play in every election Renamo wins but frelimo presses the votes. So there is always a plan B of sorting problems and if renamo says that you need to deserve it guyz !

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-12-06 23:46

    Portugal has a hand on this.

  • mlimiliba.siqendu - 2012-12-07 04:06

    Dhlakama will die the same if not a more violent way than Savimbi. He forgets that there are no backers nearby as when the old South African government used to prop him up. He must always know that should he start the conflict he will be on his own. His death will come by quickly.

      rasheed.george - 2012-12-07 07:13

      Dlakama is right guyz coz cinse civil war was seaced in early 90's there was no any violence caused by RENAMO not even one day. The only thing they agreed in Rome was to form new Mocambique and let everyone live with peace, love and harmony, so if all the favours are going to FRELIMO, do u think Alfonso will agree to go forward with the system that he don't like ?? Frelimo must understand the situation !!!! And Savimbi died of his own stupid mistakes and he was tubbon I know but there is no problem with Alfonsoooo !!!!

  • furlong.lubisi.7 - 2012-12-07 07:26

    Not civil war again. Enough of killings and human slaughter.

  • andrie.langa - 2012-12-11 09:12

    danger manuver to him.shame the old man geting too old...

  • simiao.ubisse.1 - 2012-12-15 09:26

    What Mozambique goverment need to do on this Renamo leader is simple and we will not have such problem if they do as Angola did,thei renamo leader also need 15 bullet on his body because we lost our brothers and sisters life because of him,at the end of the day he need to be a leader of the contry that it can't be.

  • simiao.ubisse.1 - 2012-12-15 09:34

    He must ask himsef that how many people have killed on that country because of this war,to be a leader you need to have people in a country so,if he want to win the election he must rewardback our sisters and brothers life first

  • simiao.ubisse.1 - 2012-12-15 09:39

    Mozambique was supposed to be a rich country as SA but now cause of him is down is only now starting developing because we have a good President Mr Guebuza who care about his country not Other Leaders.

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