The process of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of the Renamo guerrillas in Mozambique was resumed on Friday in the country’s central province Sofala, where President Filipe Nyusi and the Renamo party leader Ossufo Momade witnessed the ceremony.
The DDR process started a year ago and has been suspended due to multiple factors including financial reasons.
The whole process is said to cover some 5,200 fighters of the former rebel movement Renamo, currently the main opposition party in Mozambique.
From Thursday to Friday, 38 men out of a total of 304 in Sofala, have handed their weapons and are expected to return to their civilian life in local communities.
The process is being directed by Mozambican people, and counts on cooperative friends, who help to bring maximum transparency and credibility, said Nyusi at the ceremony, adding that “it aims to create the foundations for the desired peace that demands tolerance, reconciliation and inclusion.”
Calling on all Mozambicans to embark on this process together, Nyusi said his government is open to dialogue with the “military junta”, the current dissident group from Renamo, to find solutions.
Momade praised the efforts of the President and reiterated his party’s commitment to maintaining peace and stability, saying that the actions by military junta were carried out not on behalf of Renamo. Enditem