Radio Mozambique and the Mozambican Television(TVM) reported that the Frelimo members were kidnapped in six districts of the central province of Sofala.

They were abducted in Gorongosa, Maríngue, Cheringoma, Chemba, Muanza, Nhamatanda and Chibabava, the stronghold of the main opposition led by Afonso Dhlakama.

The two stations quoted on Saturday the Frelimo secretary for mobilization, propaganda and organization, Fatima Batalhao, as saying that the situation affected the six districts in terms of social and economic production.

Batalhao has appealed for calmness and said the ruling party in power since independence condemns the Renamo action. She called on the competent structures to deal with the situation.

She said the first secretary of the Muanza district is among the kidnapped by the former rebel movement on Dec. 26 in Tica administrative post. Two couples were also among the kidnapped, but were freed the next day.

“The recent cases of kidnapping occurred on Jan. 5, 2016. The first secretary of the Bebelo locality was kidnapped by the Renamo armed men in Nhamatanda district, close to the Sofala provincial capital Beira, and freed the next day,” she told the Radio and Television.

According to her, the man was tortured by the Renamo men as the signs showed. The Renamo top officials in Beira were not available for comment.

The Mozambican police in Sofala, in the voice of Daniel Macuacua, who is head of public relations confirmed the kidnappings. He said there will be a press conference in the next few days to clarify the situation.

Renamo and the Frelimo-led government were involved in the civil war since 1976 which ended in 1992 under the general peace agreement signed between the two sides with the mediation by the Catholic Church.

Since then, Renamo has accused the government of rigging in all general elections, an accusation rejected by the Maputo administration.

The talks which started in 2013 between the two sides collapsed at the orders of the Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, who accused the government of not being interested in resolving the political crisis in Mozambique.

Renamo wants to govern the central provinces of Sofala, Manica and Zambezia where it had more votes in the 2014 general polls. But the government says the constitution does allow that. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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