Mozam­bique govt, Re­n­amo agree deal

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MA­PUTO — The Mozam­bi­can govern­ment has agreed to make con­sti­tu­tional changes that will al­low the op­po­si­tion Na­tional Re­sis­tance Move­ment (Re­n­amo) to govern in six prov­inces where it won ma­jor­ity votes dur­ing the 2014 elec­tions.

Re­n­amo had been press­ing the govern­ment over the past two months to im­ple­ment pro­vin­cial de­vo­lu­tion in cen­tral and north­ern prov­inces. In the past, the gov­ern­ing Front for the Lib­er­a­tion of Mozam­bique (Fre­limo) had de­feated pro­pos­als from Re­n­amo in Par­lia­ment by us­ing its ma­jor­ity, lead­ing Re­n­amo to take up arms.

A state­ment re­leased on Wed­nes­day by the two sides in­di­cated govern­ment’s will­ing­ness to re­view the law and ac­com­mo­date Re­n­amo’s de­mands.

“There must be found le­gal mech­a­nisms for the pro­vi­sional ap­point­ment of gover­nors of prov­inces com­ing from Re­n­amo as soon pos­si­ble . . . The prepa­ra­tion of the pack­age has to be com­pleted be­fore the end of Novem­ber 2016,” Re­n­amo spokesper­son Jose Man­teigas said, quot­ing a state­ment signed by mem­bers of both par­ties at the end of their talks.

Ac­cord­ing to the agree­ment, Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi would “use his dis­cre­tionary power to nom­i­nate some gover­nors from Re­n­amo”.

Euro­pean Union me­di­a­tor An­gelo Ro­mano, in a tweet on Wed­nes­day, branded the agree­ment as “very im­por­tant for the peace of Mozam­bique”.

De­spite the ini­tial agree­ment, there were still some out­stand­ing is­sues such as a per­ma­nent cease­fire and the dis­ar­ma­ment and in­te­gra­tion of Re­n­amo soldiers into the reg­u­lar army and po­lice.

Mean­while, the ten­ta­tive agree­ment signed in the Mozam­bi­can cap­i­tal, Ma­puto, failed to bring to an end the clashes be­tween govern­ment forces and Re­n­amo mil­i­tants.

At the time, the govern­ment and Re­n­amo ne­go­tia­tors were sign­ing the agree­ment on Wed­nes­day, Re­n­amo mil­i­tants were still at­tack­ing civil­ians in ru­ral ar­eas of the south­ern Africa na­tion. The me­dia re­ported that six peo­ple were killed on Fri­day in an at­tack by Re­n­amo rebels who am­bushed a ve­hi­cle, fir­ing at it un­til it caught fire.

While the two sides had reached an agree­ment, the sec­ond largest op­po­si­tion party, the Mozam­bique Demo­cratic Move­ment (MDM) con­tin­ued to in­sist that the vi­able so­lu­tion to the prob­lem was to change the law so that pro­vin­cial gover­nors were elected and not ap­pointed. Since 2014 elec­tions, ten­sions had been es­ca­lat­ing in Mozam­bique, re­mind­ing the cit­i­zenry of the 16-year bloody civil war which ended in 1992.

Re­n­amo had been re­fus­ing to accept the out­come of 2014 elec­tions which saw the rul­ing Fre­limo party be­ing re-elected. — AFP —

Protests in Mali’s cap­i­tal Ba­mako against the ar­rest of a pop­u­lar ac­tivist ra­dio host have turned vi­o­lent, leav­ing at least three peo­ple dead and sev­eral in­jured. These are the first ma­jor protests in Ba­mako since a mil­i­tary coup in 2012. Dozens took to the streets in Ham­dal­laye neigh­bour­hood on Wed­nes­day in sup­port of ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ras Bath. Ac­tivist Ye­li­mady Konate says pro­test­ers knocked down the door of the court­room where Bath was hav­ing his hear­ing. He says Bath was ar­rested on Mon­day be­fore host­ing a ra­dio talk show dis­cussing Mali’s army. Protester Mama Ca­mara says he saw three dead and sev­eral hurt at a clinic where he was look­ing for friends. AFP

Don­ald Trump

Pres­i­dent Filipe Nyusi

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