By Arnaldo Cuamba
Ossufo Momade was today elected as the new president of Renamo, Mozambique’s largest opposition party, during the party’s sixth Congress in run since Tuesday in Gorongosa Mountain, Sofala Province, central Mozambique.
He collected 410 votes against 238 from Elias Dhlakama, who is the brother of the former leader of the party that died in May 2018, Afonso Dhlakama, and eight of the current Secretary General Manuel Bissopo, in a process that had 700 delegates.
Before the election, Ossufo Momade was Renamo interim leader, a position that the Political Commission, the maximum organ of the party, had entrusted it to him shortly after the death of Dhlakama.
As Renamo leader, Ossufo Momade will head the meeting that will elect the new members of the National Council, which in turn will elect the new Secretary General of the party. He should also suggest the people who will be part of the Political Commission.
Momade is thus Renamo’s candidate for the presidential elections scheduled for October 15, 2019, in which the current president of Mozambique and Frelimo, Filipe Nyusi, may be the main adversary.
Momade is currently based at the party’s military base in the Gorongosa Mountains, where Afonso Dhlakama lived. He transferred himself from Maputo in June 2018 allegedly for security reasons.
It Is from there that he head the peace negotiations between his party and the Mozambican Government, a process that should culminate with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration of the Renamo residual men.