Ruling Frelimo party accuse Renamo opposition of inciting violence

Ruling Frelimo party accuse Renamo opposition of inciting violence
Ruling Frelimo party accuse Renamo opposition of inciting violence

Africa-Press – Mozambique. The ruling Mozambican Liberation Front (Frelimo) has accused the main opposition party, Resistência Nacional Moçambicana (Renamo), of incitement to violence and of seeking to delay the country’s development.
Frelimo was reacting on Monday to Renamo’s accusation that the Republic of Mozambique Police (PRM) is preparing to “act violently” against any demonstrations in the face of the high cost of living.
“Renamo’s agenda is to delay the country’s development by encouraging demonstrations that will disrupt the normal functioning of Mozambicans’ lives,” Frelimo spokesman Caifadine Manasse told public TV channel Televisão de Moçambique (TVM).
Manasse said that the country’s president and Frelimo leader, Filipe Nyusi, as well as his government are sensitive to the difficulties faced by the Mozambican people and are preparing a package of measures to alleviate the impact of the current situation.
“The cost of living is a general situation in the world, due to the Russia-Ukraine war,” stressed the ruling party spokesman.
He also pointed to the war in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, and natural disasters as factors that have exacerbated the high cost of living in the country.
He called on all Mozambicans to work hard to reduce the current cost of living.
Renamo’s press conference
In a press conference yesterday, Renamo accused the police of being prepared to “act violently” in the event of any demonstrations against the cost of living, pointing out that this stance constitutes a violation of fundamental rights.
“Rumours are circulating that the police are spread across the country, especially in the city of Maputo, to act violently at any moment,” Renamo spokesman Jose Manteigas said.
Jose Manteigas said that “the behaviour of the PRM corresponds to real political intolerance and denial of the fundamental rights of citizens.
The Renamo spokesman accused Frelimo of coercively collecting funds from state officials with a view to financing the organisation’s next congress, scheduled for September.
“The ruling party is so unpopular that it coercively charges teachers and other employees,” he stressed.
The rising cost of living in the country, due to the impact of the war between Russia and Ukraine, has increased social tensions in Mozambique, with the country living under a permanent spectre of demonstrations, particularly in the country’s main cities.

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