The compulsory disarmament had been going on since last month, when the security forces stormed the home of Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, at the central port city of Beira, and collected around sixteen weapons from Dhlakama’s bodyguards.

MozambicanNyusi said he took the decision after consulting various people, including Mozambicans and foreign individuals, quoted by the state-owned news agency AIM on Friday.

Nyusi was speaking at Moamba district, in the southern province of Maputo, during the closing of the fifth course of prison guards.

“We decided to instruct the defence and security forces in our national territory, in the current compulsive disarmament, and in the spirit of reconciliation and tolerance to allow the resumption of dialogue that the people are waiting for, to be patient so that the Renamo men can voluntarily surrender what they think they should not have, mainly to allow us to work and enter into dialogue,” he said.

Nyusi expressed his openness to talk to any leadership, including that of Renamo to deal with peace process and the development of the country.

“I affirm that I am ready to talk to anyone, including the Renamo leadership, and others that we have been talking, so that we can find solutions for the relaxing of Mozambicans,” said the president.

According to him, the compulsory disarmament was due to the Renamo refusal to surrender its arms, under an agreement it signed with the government in September last year to halt hostilities.

Renamo said during the collapsed dialogue in August with the government in Maputo that it cannot hand disarm and hand its men over to the government, if the Maputo administration does not accept power sharing in the army and in the police.

The government’s plan is to disarm Renamo and its men be integrated into the army and the police forces, thus solving the country’s political crisis. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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