Re­n­amo rejects VP po­si­tion

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MAPUTO – Leader of the op­po­si­tion Mozambique Na­tional Re­sis­tance (Re­n­amo) Afonso Dh­lakama has re­buffed a pro­posal to of­fer him the po­si­tion of a deputy pres­i­dent.

If ac­cepted, the pro­posal ad­vanced by the in­ter­na­tional me­di­a­tors would have cul­mi­nated into the for­ma­tion of a coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

But Dh­lakama ve­he­mently re­jected the pro­posal, say­ing he did not want the rul­ing party to swal­low or weaken his party.

Ac­cord­ing to the Re­n­amo leader, it was also not pos­si­ble for the rul­ing Fre­limo and op­po­si­tion Re­n­amo to form a coali­tion gov­ern­ment be­cause the two par­ties have dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal ide­olo­gies.

“Our ide­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences are huge and wide, which makes it im­pos­si­ble to work to­gether. Fre­limo is still Marx­ist. To be vice pres­i­dent for Mozambique means be­ing Fre­limo again. That is unacceptable to me,” he told a lo­cal pa­per, Sa­vanna.

But Dh­lakama still wants Re­n­amo to be gov­ern­ing in prov­inces in which it claims to have won the ma­jor­ity votes dur­ing the 2014 elec­tions.

Mean­while Hu­man Rights Watch ( HRW) has be­moaned Re­n­amo’s re­cent waves of at­tacks which are tar­get­ing hos­pi­tals and clin­ics in ru­ral ar­eas.

Re­n­amo mil­i­tants have raided and looted med­i­cal sup­plies at two hos­pi­tals and two health clin­ics over the past month.

“Re­n­amo’s at­tacks on hos­pi­tals and health clin­ics are threat­en­ing the health of thou­sands of peo­ple in Mozambique,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa di­rec­tor at Hu­man Rights Watch.

He urged Re­n­amo lead­er­ship to call off the at­tacks on health fa­cil­i­ties im­me­di­ately.

“Re­n­amo’s raids on med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties seem part of a re­pug­nant strat­egy to dam­age health fa­cil­i­ties and loot medicines . . . What they are suc­ceed­ing in do­ing is to deny cru­cial health ser­vices to Mozam­bi­cans who need them,” he said.

Be­sides the health fa­cil­i­ties, Re­n­amo has also been at­tack­ing civil­ians, trains and ve­hi­cles, forc­ing gov­ern­ment to re­sort to armed es­corts of trucks.

Some an­a­lysts believe the cur­rent cri­sis is a re­sult of gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to in­te­grate some Re­n­amo fight­ers into the army and civil­ian life af­ter the 1992 peace agree­ment that ended Mozambique’s 16-year civil war.

But the gov­ern­ment blames Re­n­amo for re­fus­ing to hand over a list of its mili­tia to be in­te­grated into the se­cu­rity forces say­ing it wants to use them as lever­age for po­lit­i­cal ne­go­ti­a­tions. — AFP

Over 120 peo­ple were in­jured in the 6.2 mag­ni­tude earth­quake — Reuters

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Afonso Dh­lakama

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