Malawians in bated breath as Mozambique peace talks start in earnest

Malawians are hoping for the positive outcome  as the Mozambique opposition Renamo and ruling party Frelimo have started their peace talks following skimirshes that has cost over a dozen lives of Malawians.

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

Renamo has been engaged in violent armed ambushes as it waged a guerilla war against the government forces following the defeat of Renamo leader Alfonso Dhlakama by the ruling Philipe Nyusi at the ballot box last year.

However, mediators, who include European representative, Catholic church and South Africa representatives have kicked off the talks last week.

Over Friday, the mediators asked for more time to get through the proposals from both the sides, according to BBC Focus on Africa.

President Nyusi asked the mediators to work on the proposals and recommendations taking into account the country’s Republican Constitution and legislation.

Dlhakama wants to rule in six provinces he won during the election.

The country has 11 provinces.

The mediators are working in disarming the rebel army and integratig the rebels into the government army and civilian life as a lasting solution to the armed insurgency.

The Mozambican skirmishes is choking Malawi economy as the land locked country depends on the sea coastal nation for importing and exporting goods including importing fuel.

At least four fuel tankers have been torched in Mozambique since the escalation of the armed conflict.

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Chimwala
5 years ago

The best Malawians can do is to support Dhlakama because FRELIMO has never loved malawians imagine every passenger who board buses to Jburg is forced to pay R50 just to stamp the passport this is only a minor among many brutalities malawians have suffered some have been forces to craw, beatenup , detained without trial under the Frelimo govt. Viva RENAMO!!!!!

Mtimbasonjo
Mtimbasonjo
5 years ago

First and foremost the mediators should ask the Mozambican Govt to change their emblem on the flag. As long as it depicts the AK47 for killing and a hoe for digging and burying the massacred, fighting will not end. what the warring sides are doing is just a fullfilment of what the national emblem is standing for.
The whole southern Africa it is only mozambique that believes in a gun in settling an argument.

TONY
TONY
5 years ago

The country has 10 provinces namely: Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane, Sofala, Chimoio, Tete, Zambezia, Niasa, Nampula and Cabo Deligado. NOT 11

Mice & Grasshoppers
Mice & Grasshoppers
5 years ago
Reply to  TONY

Angonia?

Kesto
Kesto
5 years ago
Reply to  TONY

Mr Tony: include Manica to make them 11 provinces for Mozambique

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