Renamo ends 1992 Mozambique peace deal

2013-10-21 21:51

Maputo - Mozambique's ex-rebels Renamo have declared the end of a 1992 peace deal after government forces attacked and took over their base on Monday.

"This irresponsible attitude of the commander in chief of the country's security forces signals the end of the Rome Peace Accords," said Renamo spokesperson Fernando Mazanga, referring to President Armando Guebuza.

Mazanga said Afonso Dhlakama, who had returned to the former Renamo civil war stronghold a year ago with a force of armed bodyguards because he feared for his safety, managed to escape to an undisclosed location.

"He's called me and says that he's in good health," he said.

Defence ministry spokesperson Cristovao Chume told reporters government forces took control of the base in response to an earlier attack on an army post by Renamo fighters.

Neither Chume nor Mazanga gave any details of casualties.

  • TheJaydedKing - 2013-10-21 21:59

    i wonder if the flare up has anything to do with a certain natural gas discovery. Chinese/USA/French/Brits pick your backer.

      Peter Zylstra - 2013-10-21 23:04

      very interesting observation.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 06:43

      An educated observation indeed as most of the wars raging in the continent are resource based (with a sprinkling of tribalism), with foreign multi national corporations (with the help of their governments) supporting their preferred rebel group in order to gain favour for access to resources.

      Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-10-22 11:32

      Thats true, mind you this was discovered by an Italian company and definately the Americans, Brits not forgetting the Chinese want a piece of it..or baloon of it

  • Simphiwe Wrekonize Tladi - 2013-10-21 23:28

    This is getting out of hand,we've had enough Zimbabweans,we can't handle the addition of Mozambicans no!

      Morton Christie - 2013-10-22 08:28

      Most of Mozambique are already in KZN and have been for years. Zulu is now the 3rd most spoken language after Xhosa and Shangaan. who do think voted Zuma into office?

      ChrisHolloway - 2013-10-22 08:52

      such short memories. Just come out of poverty and civil war, now there are enough fatcats who want to start it all over again. Africa....Eish.

  • Tony Kennedy - 2013-10-22 04:26

    So it's back to normal again.

  • Erichsen Welgemoed - 2013-10-22 05:30

    Africa old sickness when things start to look good they destroy it

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-10-22 05:49

      Nope, not when things start looking good, rather when the opportunity for making more money by doing nothing presents itself... despite all this 'ubuntu' crap Africans are only out for themselves... themselves being them and their tribe.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 06:06

      "despite all this 'ubuntu' crap Africans are only out for themselves" Despite all this western civilisation crap, Caucasians have behaved in a savage manner all over the world. As Ghandi said, western civilisation is a good "idea"! One would be forgiven for thinking that armed conflicts only takes place among Africans.

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-10-22 09:50

      @Graziella: You mean the same racist Ghandi that embraced India's cast system, and called black k*ff1rs whilst working in South Africa?? My comment re Ubuntu was that Africans make themselves out to be either saints or victims, never perpetrators. Ubuntu is meant to be a spirit of sharing, as it is touted by Africans. I see a lot of sharing, now in Moz, as well as in Marange, Zimbabwe... Face it, whislt the West has grown up, and want change to allow everyone their basic human rights, Africa still wallows in tribalist, dictatorial rule, and is (seemingly) happy to do so.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 10:18

      "My comment re Ubuntu was that Africans make themselves out to be either saints or victims, never perpetrators" Nonsense, that's not what the principle of Ubuntu entails. I've never met such an African who believes in the nonsense you have written above. You are free to be critical of our cultures and traditions without using poisonous bigoted language to highlight these shortcomings, which is what you are unable to resist. All your posts are the same in their lack of analysis and articulation. Admit it, you just enjoy bashing Africans.

      Heibrin Venter - 2013-10-22 14:10

      @Graziella: Nope, I just enjoy bashing people who can't call a spade a spade. It is people like you who place dictators like Mugabe and (in the making) Zuma on a pedestal at the cost of millions of peoples' suffering that irk me. Rather than speaking out against the atrocities being committed you attempt to diverge from the issue by pointing to the failings of the other side (your post re Renamo below a case in point). If agreements are made, they are meant to be kept. You know, kinda like the one between Dingane and Piet Retief. Oh, yeah. THAT one was broken as well...

  • Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 06:18

    Renamo bases should have been destroyed following peace agreements in the early nineties already. Renamo, just like all the other surviving counter-revolutionary parties are weak politically because of their past as people have long memories. Renamo fought on the wrong side of that civil war and that is the reason why it has never enjoyed popular support during elections. This Dhlakama is a spoiled brat who thinks that he is entitled to be supported financially by the government of Mozambique just because in 1992 he might have received some sort of consideration from the Mozambiquen government. He should be hunted down by SADC as his irresponsible actions have a wider impact on the stability of the region.

      Sbusiso KaNcube - 2013-10-22 07:41

      I wonder wht all these thumb downs mean, that's the absolute truth ,Mozambique has been treating Dlakama wth kids gloves ,they should have arrested him before he went tio the bush base which wad supposed to hv been destroyed immediately after the war ,SADC must ensure that this doesn't spiral into another DRC

      Martin Chuzzlewit - 2013-10-22 08:09

      Don't worry Graziella, you know that you speak the truth. Money is the base for all conflict in the end. People may dress it up as cultural, religious or border-based, but in the end it boils down to one thing....theft of someone else's property, and being British, I have to say that one of the great legacies we have left the world is our arrogant belief that "Might is Right", and we have taught the rest of the world just how barbaric one can be in taking what we want in the name of spreading the word. Of course, this was a long time ago and Britain is now trying to make amends by being "Holier than thou" and criticising everyone else whilst their own ship founders on self-made rocks. The sadness of Africa to me is the innate propensity for extreme violence of one upon another and the true naivety that allows people to be manipulated, but sadly this is a growth thing and often one has to make the mistakes oneself before learning. And as you rightly say, resource conflicts are neither new nor exclusively African. You only need to ask George Bush to get the answer to that, and frankly, although devastating to the innocent, African wars are mere skirmishes when you look at the bigger picture of where the Western civilisations have, in the last hundred years, played their games!

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 08:30

      Thank you very much Martin, but this of course doesn't excuse the behaviour of the silk tie wearing ignoramuses who call themselves African leaders. What exacerbates the violence in Africa is that African states haven't learnt to be nation states as yet, as the nation concept of development is still new in Africa, which isn't helped by the fact that African borders have no commonality with the demographics or cultures of people who live within them. Africans have been driven into these forced arranged marriages where there's is little commonality or love between tribes. I am truly amazed at how British citizens are enlightened and are not afraid to confront their history. I read the Guardian newspaper regularly and its a shame that our white brethren at home haven't reached that level of intellectual evolution.

      Morton Christie - 2013-10-22 08:33

      Crap Sbusiso! Dlakama won the elections, but just as with the anc, and mugabe, they count and recount till the right party wins.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-10-22 09:10

      You are on point Graziella. No prize for guessing who gave you the thumbs downs. And news24 won't let me post my reason why.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-10-22 09:12

      The thumbs downs are because the apartheid regime sponsored the Renamo bandits as part of their program to destabilize the front line states who were helping UMK fight apartheid.

      Denis Gomo - 2013-10-22 09:14

      Renamo was a cruel outfit that thrived on conscripting child soldiers who committed grueling atrocities on the Mozambican people. Since February, Renamo armed themselves and camped in the mountains itching for war. The Mozambican govt has been more than patient with them. Renamo grew overconfident and attacked the Mozambican army last week killing 7 soldiers - thus the attack by the Mozambican army on them yesterday. I say the attack was overdue- they were being treated with kid gloves. You can't arm yourself and camp in the mountains and say things are ok. These insurgents need to be nipped in the bud before they destabilize the whole of Southern Africa.

  • Cuthbert Murwisi - 2013-10-22 07:01

    The Mozambique gvt should have gotten rid of this Dhlakama same way Angola did away with Savimbi. This is just one blood thirsty monster who could not win the hearts of the Mozambicans. Just kill the retrogressive idiot.

      Morton Christie - 2013-10-22 08:36

      I think Cuthbert needs to study more Angolan history and not from the che Guevara book either.

  • Danie En Mariette Joubert - 2013-10-22 07:09

    Here we go again - AFRICA!!!

  • Chris Clark - 2013-10-22 07:29

    What a shame , all the investment and hard work is about to go down the crapper .

  • Dean Redelinghuys - 2013-10-22 07:31

    yep this is africa, first sniff of big money and all hell breaks loose. and when all the remaining infrastructure is bombed to the ground, they will blame the imperialists!! while the people suffer and get caught in the crossfire. another million unemployed heading our way!

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 07:51

      "yep this is africa, first sniff of big money and all hell breaks loose" This phenomenon is not unique to Africa only. Wars have been waged throughout history for these same reasons. Stop trying to make it as if Africa has a monopoly on waging resource wars.

      ChrisHolloway - 2013-10-22 09:01

      Graziella... why can't you see this for what it is??? Years of progress and massive investment being threatened, massive suffering looming, poverty, war, and fleeing to neighbouring countries, but you are looking for justification... you are part of the problem.

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 09:15

      Clearly reading is not your forte. Read my posts again and see how off based your are.

  • neville.owen.758 - 2013-10-22 07:41

    FACT: Angola's MPLA got rid of a lot of their FNLA opponents by buying them ranches in Texas USA. Come on Mozambique - buy the old guy a ranch,give him a pension, and you wont have any more problems! It will be a lot cheaper in the long run, without loss of life! :)

      Ken Lau Foy - 2013-10-22 08:02

      What is a ranch ??? What is a pension ???

  • Nomcebo Ngidi - 2013-10-22 07:54

    Frelimo should have destroyed this imperialists camps long time ago

  • Jim Wallace - 2013-10-22 07:57

    EFF army must go stop that war . Under commander julius malema

      Abram Russel Baloyi - 2013-10-22 10:47

      come on fighters, there is your chance

  • Phillip Tagara - 2013-10-22 08:02

    The big question is " WHO IS BANK ROLLING RENAMO" All of a sudden with evidence of vast mineral resources in Mozambique , Renamo resurrects .

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 08:10

      Look at their past benefactors, especially those from overseas.

  • Maru Sebata - 2013-10-22 08:07

    Toxic secession agenda! The discovery of multi billion gas reserves and minerals in Northen Mzmbge invited greedy corporate scavengers behind the civil wars across the African continent! The likes of Simon Mann & son of Margaret Thatcher! Renamo is adopted as their proxy! SADC & AU mst deliver a firm response to Renamo!

      Graziella Uncensored - 2013-10-22 08:42

      It's all about trade when it comes down to it and ensuring rules are in place so that resources and markets can be accessed under the most favourable terms possible. Just like your local gangsters and protection rackets but in the big leagues. I agree with your post so much that I felt the need to post an accompanying recommendation.

  • Danny Letsholo - 2013-10-22 08:19

    Expect more refugee in s.a

  • Omnivore - 2013-10-22 09:03

    This is BS. I don't care what their issue is, the region cannot cope with yet another civil war. Bomb Renamo's "stronghold" out of existence.

  • Denis Gomo - 2013-10-22 09:05

    You are on point Graziella.

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-10-22 13:29

    Make way for the refugees who will soon be streaming across the so called border.

  • Jan Bal Kap Hout - 2013-11-15 11:11

    Graziella you blame Caucasians just shows you how much you know Mandela your hero who planted Boms and killed Hundreds at once came out of prison and you voted him president so do not only call Caucasians Savage because your fore fathers did the same I mean today its a must to have raped,killed,bomb someone before you can become president because that what your ANC Party stand for.

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