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Sábado, 12 Março 2016 15:56

One of the most active fronts of political and military conflict, which has been taking place for several months in various regions of Mozambique, is in Murrupula district in the northern province of Nampula. A contingent of government police forces (PRM) was recently dispatched to the neighborhood of Naphuco to restore order allegedly being disrupted by armed Renamo men, and a police agent was kidnapped. In actuality, it was an elite squad of government forces that was sent to the site, not normal police patrol.

"(...) We made a defensive circle, where we all stopped and aimed our fire. But we did not give them a chance to respond because we went in the early morning. When they counter fired we all ran off and he remained," tells an agent of the Special Forces Rapid Intervention Unit (FIR) of PRM. The same FIR agent continues that he himself has conducted several "missions" to eliminate targets identified by his commanders.

One of these missions took place on September 25th, 2015 in Zimpinga (41 kilometers east of Chimoio on National Road No. 6, between Gondola and Amatongas Mission), where the order was to eliminate Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Renamo. "That old man (Dhlakama) does not die," he says.

Read below a chilling account, made by a PRM special ops agent who claims to have participated, and therefore also witnessed, such missions. "We are tired. We have not won anything and we cannot stop thinking about it," says the agent, born in Maputo in 1985 and whose full identity @Verdade will not reveal.

"I was in the military at the Special Forces Training Centre of Nacala," says the agent. "I was there as a Weapons and Firing Assistant Instructor". Some time after completing his military service he worked for a private security company and then was integrated in the ranks of PRM. "I joined the police; They made a selection. They wanted those who had been in the military, those who had taken the weapons course, to be part of FIR, but stationed with the Presidential guard. I worked in the RP1 and RP2," he says. ‘RP’ stands for Protocol Residences belonging to the Presidency.

Actualizado em Segunda, 14 Março 2016 12:41
 
Escrito por Emildo Sambo   
Quinta, 28 Janeiro 2016 10:59

During a protest by Palmeiras' residents, in the Manhica district, Maputo Province, on 22 January against alleged ineffectiveness of law and order officers in fighting crime that is rising alarmingly, the police again deliberately used live ammunition to disperse unarmed and unprotected people. Inacio Dina, spokesman for the Mozambican National Police (PR) General Command, downplayed the situation and ignored the fact that one of the basic human rights was violated -the right to life -when his colleagues killed a youth whose family undoubtedly will not receive compensation from the state.

Actualizado em Quinta, 13 Setembro 2018 08:47
 
Escrito por Emildo Sambo   
Segunda, 25 Janeiro 2016 08:59

The health of Manuel Bissopo, the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) secretary general and MP shot on 20 January in Beira by unidentified shooters "is stable" but requires "much care," Renamo spokesman Antonio Muchanga told @Verdade. The Mozambican Human Rights League (LDH) suspects that the attack had "political motives" caused by the deterioration of a series of political events that not only dragged the country to the current military tension but also widen the gap between the government and Renamo further.

 
Escrito por Emildo Sambo   
Quarta, 23 Dezembro 2015 11:07

Foto de Adérito CaldeiraThe largest Mozambican opposition party, the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) has proposed, in an as yet unanswered letter sent to the government in October, the involvement of South African President Jacob Zuma and the Catholic Church in the political dialogue - which has no fixed date to resume after being suspended about four months ago - between Renamo and the government to resolve the politico-military tension.

 
Escrito por Emildo Sambo   
Sexta, 11 Dezembro 2015 16:00

On 8 December, the majority Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) bench approved the National Assembly's action plan and budget for 2016, but the 59 Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) Members of Parliament (MPs) abstained and their 11 Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) counterparts voted against. Once again, the dictatorship of the vote reigned supreme and everything was approved without the opposition's nod, meaning that it is just an "ornamental" presence in Parliament.

 

Actualizado em Sábado, 12 Dezembro 2015 19:14
 
Escrito por Emildo Sambo   
Sexta, 02 Outubro 2015 10:52

On 25 September, when Mozambican Armed and Defence Forces (FADM) Day was being commemorated, the killing did not just happen in Zimpinga, Gondola district, Manica Province (central-western Mozambique). In Nkondezi, Moatize District, Tete Province, unidentified alleged armed men broke into the home of 47-year-old Elesson Jonasse, the Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) political delegate, and shot him in cold blood in front of his wife and under-aged children.

 
Escrito por Adérito Caldeira   
Terça, 08 Setembro 2015 10:54

The Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) announced on 2 September that its army barracks in Zambezia Province's Morrumbala District, where it intends to train its police force and more guerrilla forces for its army to protect, if need be, the sovereignty of the five [as received] provinces which it wants to govern.

Actualizado em Terça, 08 Setembro 2015 10:59
 
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