Breaking: Mozambican President and Renamo leader sign peace agreement

Breaking: Mozambican President and Renamo leader sign peace agreement

By Arnaldo Cuamba

President Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade will sign an Agreement on the Final Termination of Military Hostilities on thursday in Gorognosa, Sofala province, Nyusi announced in parliament today during his state of the nation address.

He also confirmed that the process of Disarmament, Demilitarization and Reintegration of Renamo guerrillas began on 29 July and that the Renamo officers who are expected to occupy leadership positions in the national police arrive in Maputo tonight.

Pan African Visions has learned that the peace agreement will be signed in Gorongosa National Park tomorrow morning and that Momade will then travel to Maputo in the afternoon.

On August 6 of this year, the Mozambican president announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the government and Renamo on the demilitarisation and integration of the main opposition party forces in the army and the police as a way to end the political and military crisis in the country.

This was the third peace agreement signed between the Mozambican government and the main opposition party. The first was the General Peace Agreement signed in October 1992 in Rome between the late Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama and the then head of state, Joaquim Chissano.

The second was the Cessation of Military Hostilities Agreement, signed in Maputo in 2014 by Dhlakama and Armando Guebuza, who was Mozambican president at the time.

In addition to the disarmament and integration in the Armed Forces of Renamo’s armed wing, the negotiating agenda between the two sides involved the decentralisation of power accomplished by the revision of the Constitution in July.

Between 2015 and 2016, Mozambique witnessed a worsening of the military conflict between government forces and the armed wing of Renamo, which had not accepted the 2014 general election results, accusing the Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) of electoral fraud.

 

 

 

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