Renamo names team to discuss resumption of dialogue

Maputo, 19 May (AIM) – Mozambique’s largest opposition party, Renamo, has named the three members who will represent it on a joint commission that will pave the way for the resumption of dialogue with the government.

Source: Renamo names team to discuss resumption of dialogue – The Zimbabwean 19/5/2016

A dialogue between the government and Renamo began in April 2013 in an attempt to reach agreement on a way out of the long-lasting political impasse. However, after 114 sessions, the discussions were abruptly terminated by Renamo in August 2015.

President Filipe Nyusi has consistently called for the resumption of this dialogue and for a halt to the violent attacks carried out in the centre of the country by Renamo’s illegal armed militia. Therefore, on Tuesday, he wrote to Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama requesting that he appoint representatives to the joint commission.

Speaking at a press conference in Maputo on Thursday, Renamo spokesperson Antonio Muchanga revealed that the Renamo team will be composed of Jose Manteigas, Eduardo Namburete, and Andre Magibire.

Previously, Renamo had taken the position that there would be no further dialogue without the mediation of the Catholic Church, the European Union, and South African President Jacob Zuma. In addition, Renamo demanded that it first take power in the six central and northern provinces where it claims to have won in the 2014 elections.

However, President Nyusi ‘s letter specifically stated that the issue of mediation should not block the work of the joint commission as dialogue would only resume based on the terms of reference agreed by the joint team.