Mozambique: Renamo leader warns that exclusion is an obstacle to peace

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Mozambique: Renamo leader warns that exclusion is an obstacle to peace
Mozambique: Renamo leader warns that exclusion is an obstacle to peace

Africa-PressMozambique. Ossufo Momade, president of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), the country’s main opposition party, said on Monday that social exclusion was one of the main obstacles to effective peace in the country.

No nation is built “without the inclusion of all citizens who, stone by stone, produce national wealth. Social exclusion is one of the great enemies of peace,” Momade said in a Day of Peace speech.

The Peace Day national holiday alludes to the signing of the General Peace Agreement in 1992 between the government of the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frelimo) and the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).

Momade says that, 29 years later, there still remains “a climate of great dissatisfaction and disturbance of the peace”, complaining of limitations on political activity.

“All over the country, opposition political parties, in particular Renamo, are prevented from carrying out their political activities, even prevented from raising their flags at their own headquarters,” he alleged.

The Renamo leader accused community leaders of being a weapon used by Frelimo to harass and limit the rights of political parties and supporters.

Cases of political intolerance and violence have been visible, above all, in electoral periods – before voting and in the ballot counting processes – as reported by independent observation teams and other organizations.

In another communiqué alluding to the Day of Peace on Monday, the Institute for Multiparty Democracy (IMD) said that electoral activities in the country must cease being a threat to stability.

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