Maputo (AIM) – The Mozambican defence and security forces on Tuesday shot dead at least five gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo, in the Clumaze zone, in Gorongosa district, in the central province of Sofala.
Clumaze is a few kilometers from Satunjira where Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama set up his headquarters in 2012. The Satunjira base was occupied by the armed forces (FADM) in October 2014, but Dhlakama has now returned to the same area.
According to a source in Satunjira contacted by AIM, the Tuesday clash occurred when Renamo gunmen attempted to ambush a government military supply column.
The source added that, in the small hours of Wednesday morning, another Renamo group attempted, unsuccessfully, to raid the police post at the entrance to Gorongosa town.
In this clash, one member of the riot police (UIR) was seriously, but the situation is now regarded as calm and under control. Around Gorongosa town, despite the Renamo threat, people are working on their fields, trying to take advantage of the rains that have fallen in the last few days.
The Renamo attacks may be an attempt to pave the way for the takeover of six central and northern provinces promised by Dhlakama. He had declared that Renamo would be governing in Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa by the end of March.
But two weeks after that deadline passed, there is no sign of a Renamo government anywhere in the country.