Mozambique’s main opposition, the former rebel movement Renamo party is to set up a specific commission to deal with political matters, according to the spokesperson for the party’s national council meeting taking place in the central port city of Beira, Jose Manteigas, on Wednesday night.
The fifth meeting, being chaired by the Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, kicked off on Tuesday.
Manteigas said on Wednesday night after the second session of the gathering that the main aim of the commission will be defined during the debates at the Beira meeting.
“It will be another structure which will deal with political issues at the party level, because we understand that our party is dynamic, because there are situations every time which deserve a different treatment”, said Manteigas.
Speaking from Beira, the capital of the central province of Sofala, Manteigas also said that apart from setting up the commission for political matters, Renamo is dealing with other important issues at the Beira meeting, such as the party activities carried out between this gathering and last one.
The Renamo gathering is also to look at Dhlakama’s project on the creation of “Provincial Municipalities”, voted against by the parliament two months ago in Maputo. Renamo is demanding the creation of the municipalities with the aim to govern the central and some provinces it claim to have more support.
Renamo did well in last October’s general elections in the central provinces of Zambezia, Manica, Sofala, and in the northern regions of Nampula and Niassa.
The Renamo idea is rejected by the Frelimo government, saying it meant to divide Mozambican people.
The former rebel movement has been defeated in the polls since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994 until now. Renamo and Dhlakama claim rigging by the Frelimo government, an accusation denied by the ruling party since 1975.
The Renamo leader said last month that Renamo does not rule out the possibility of having a woman as its party leader. He said women should be given the opportunity to lead the Renamo party, which waged the ended civil war against the government, until a peace agreement was signed in 1992 in the Italian capital, Rome.
It is the first national council’s meeting to be chaired by Dhlakama since he left the Gorongosa mountain, in Sofala last September, after fleeing from the Santunjira home in October, 2013, when government troops stormed it.
Dhlakama appeared in public last September under an amnesty approved by the country’s legislative body last August, and signed with the former head of state Armando Guebuza the agreement on a cessation of hostilities between the two sides. Enditem

-Xinhua

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