Mozambique President Nyusi agrees foreign mediation in Renamo talks, flicker of hope to Malawi

Mozambique president Filippe Nyusi has given in to the demands by Renamo leader to accep the presence of foreign mediators in talks to end his country’s conflict, giving a ray of hope to Malawians whose people have been caught in the cross fire.

Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique agrees to talks with Renamo under foreign mediators

Filipe Nyusi, President of Mozambique agrees to talks with Renamo under foreign mediators

Nyusi told the BBC on Friday Frelimo and Renamo will now agree on the mediators as soon as possible so that the peace talks kick off immediately.

“People are dying, people can’t travel, people are sleeping in the bush in trees. I have told Alfonso [Dlhakama] (Renamo) leader that we have to agree on the mediators,” said Nyusi on BBC Focus on Africa.

Malawi former president Bakili Muluzi has offered to take up the mediation role along with other former heads of state from Sadc region, saying the escalation of skirmishes was destabilising the region.

Nyusi said he had talked to Dlhakama and agreed to jointly choose the mediators.

“Our children are not going to school, this has to come to an end,” he said.

The President said the Renamo escalation of attacks on people and infrastructure had forced him to change his position on the matter.

At least four Malawians have been killed in Mozambique whilst four trucks, four of them fuel tankers have been burnt by Renamo militias.

The government of Malawi has since asked Malawian transporters to avoid using the shorter Tete route when going to South Africa and take a longer via Zimbabwe route.

The rebel group, which is also the official opposition in Mozambique, never completely disarmed after a civil war with the governing Frelimo party and launched a low-level guerrilla campaign in late 2012.

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama said he was pleased by Nyusi’s move. He said that he spoke with the president by phone on Wednesday and Thursday “about the politico-military conflict in our country, and we reached an agreement that guns do not solve anything“.

But Dhlakama said he would not order the Renamo guns to fall silent. Instead, he demanded that the government stop attacking his forces, the state news agency reported.

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10 thoughts on “Mozambique President Nyusi agrees foreign mediation in Renamo talks, flicker of hope to Malawi”

  1. Chimwala says:

    It’s a pity that some malawians don’t want to see change in Mozambique, early this year I passed through Mozambique at Zobwe border I was forced to pay R500 because 3yrs ago I visited Tanzania. They claimed I have yellow fever. Imagine? Every Malawian is forced to pay R50 to transit through Mozambique. So change must come to that country and we welcome it.


    Which longer route via Zimbabwe? Do you mean the longer route via Zambia into Zimbabwe. There is no other route that can be used to bypass Mozambique other than the Zambia into Zimbabwe route or Zambia Botswana then RSA.

    1. Pam says:

      There are two other routes. Malawi-Changara-Cuchamano-Harare (Use Nyamapanda Border) then there is Songo turnoff-Chitima-Mucumbura border. This gets into MT Darwin.

  3. Chimwala says:

    Viva Viva RENAMO Dhlakama is a hero. Chissano and Gebuzza has a comfortable retirement why not Dhlakama. Mozambicans love you even Malawians love. Let us as Dhlakama to support us on the Lake Malawi issue we may teach the Taifas a lesson.

  4. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    It’s a good news. To my point of view Renamo’s demand is legitimate. Dhlakama is asking for federal system of government. He feels that his people had been neglected for development he needs equal share. It’s good for the country even if Renamo win other province will benefit too because the power will be decentralized. It’s shame government start to listen after a sound of a gun and innocent life lost

  5. Gerard mapanga Phiri says:

    It’s good news. To my point of view the demand of Renamo is legitimate. What dlakama is asking is a federal system of government. He feels his people had been neglected in development he needs equal share regardless who rules. It’s shame government to understand after a sound of a gun and life lost. It’s good for a country even dlakama wins its still good for other province because power is decentralized

    1. Moses Kita says:

      I agree with your views 100%.

  6. kia says:

    Zoona zimenezo dziko limodzi kukhala ndi magulu osiyana a asilikali ankhondo- a boma ndi a opposition. Pena pake mkulu wa Renamoyi amachuluka nzeru kobasi anafunika machaka basi.

    1. Sabio says:

      Frelimo is a party of gangsters, liars, full of corruption. People who support Frelimo are either ignorant, thieves or they lack source of proper information. For example, four Malawians killed in Mozambique were shot to death by the Mozambique Police and not by Renamo rebels. What a shame. Viva Renamo, Viva Dhlakama! For your information, the government troops are facing hard time on the battle front.

    2. Govala boy says:

      A Malawi mutipweteketsatu ife tili mkati muno mukamamchemelera wamakani ngati Chacuambayu, Satana osafuna kuimitsa manja mpaka lero yet akudwalakonso kutchireko kkkkkkk

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