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More RENAMO guerrillas abandon weapons

More 326 former RENAMO guerrillas will hand over their weapons until next November, within the framework of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process of this party’s armed wing.

This information was confirmed by Renamo’s Secretary General, André Magibire, speaking to the press about the start of registration to obtain personal documents from the group of 326 former RENAMO guerrillas in Gorongosa, Sofala province, in the center of the country.

“They are going to be demobilized, which means that they are leaving the armed side behind and will be integrated into civilian life. They will be able to do their activities in the community and with the hope that the people in the community will receive them as they should be, “said André Magibire.

This is the fourth phase of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)the armed wing of the main opposition party, within the framework of the understandings reached with the peace agreement signed in August 2019 by the Mozambican head of state, Filipe Nyusi, and by the president of RENAMO, Ossufo Momade.

After a symbolic start last year, DDR was paralyzed for several months, resuming on 4 June.

More than a thousand have already been covered by the DDR of a total of 5,000 RENAMO elements expected to hand over the weapons.

Considering the official data that indicate that 1,075 ex-guerrillas have already been covered by the DDR, with the number recently announced, until November there will be about 1400 covered.

However, this progress registered in the process is tainted by the existence of a RENAMO dissident group, the self-proclaimed Military Board who disputes the party’s leadership, in the person of Ossufo Momade, and the peace agreement, and who is the protagonist of attacks targeting security and civilian forces in communities and on some road sections in the central region of the country, with emphasis on Manica.

It is clear that the self-proclaimed RENAMO Military Junta is led by Mariano Nhongo, a former guerrilla leader, who demands better conditions for reintegration and the dismissal of the current party president, Ossufo Momade, accusing him of having diverted the negotiation process from ideals of his predecessor, Afonso Dhlakama, historic leader who died in May 2018.

Armed attacks in the center of the country have affected the provinces of Manica and Sofala and have already killed at least 30 people since August last year, on roads and local villages.

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