Renamo "disappointed" with interim nominations of officials

Ossufo Momade at a meeting with the press in Maputo after the death of Afonso Dhlakama

Ossufo Momade at a meeting with the press in Maputo after the death of Afonso Dhlakama

The three nominations were announced on Tuesday, December 11th, and are part of the ongoing negotiation process between the Government of Mozambique and Renamo, that began just over a year ago.

The Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) expressed disappointment with the interim nominations of three party officials to senior management positions in the army, considering that the memorandum signed in the peace negotiations provides for the indication of 14 officials.

"We want to express our disappointment and regret the statement issued by the Minister of Defense [Athanasius Salvador Mtumuke]. The signed memorandum provides for 14 senior officers and generals, not three," Renamo spokesman José Manteigas said during a press conference in Maputo.

According to José Manteigas, the agreement signed between the Mozambican President and the interim leader of the party, Ossufo Momade, coordinator of Renamo, does not provide for interim appointments.

"The reconquest of peace and national reconciliation should not be based on temporary and palliative solutions, otherwise we may have a precarious peace and reconciliation," said the party's spokesman.

José Manteigas assured, however, that the party will continue to negotiate, but appealed to the Mozambican government to "scrupulously comply with the memorandum of understanding and urgently revert the interim nominations by effective ones."

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