LEADER OF MOZAMBICAN REBEL MOVEMENT SAYS WILL GOVERN SIX PROVINCES BY END-MARCH

MAPUTO Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the Mozambican revel movement Renamo, which is also the biggest opposition party in parliament, has again claimed that Renamo will be governing six provinces in the central and northern parts of the countty by the end of this month.

This time Dhlakama, speaking from his hideout somewhere in Gorongosa district, in the central province of Sofala, made his boast in an interview with the German radio station, DW Africa.

The interview took place on Monday, and the DW Africa journalist noted that, despite Dhlakama’s repeated threats to seize power in the six provinces — Manica, Sofala, Tete, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa — from March, there was still no sign of any Renamo parallel government.

“No, Renamo didn’t specify the date. It said it would begin its governance as from March. There are still 16 days before the end of the month. We shall begin this governance gradually. We shall take over several districts in each province and establish the norms, our administrations,” Dhlakama said.

“I can guarantee that, before 31 March, you will hear that Renamo, in the provinces where it had a majority of votes, has taken so many districts. That was what we promised, and no deadline has been missed.”

Dhlakama claimed that the government had hired North Koreans to train death squads to prevent Renamo taking power in the centre and north.

Renamo began making this allegation last month, without presenting the slightest shred of evidence. North Korea is a country under severe international sanctions, approved unanimously by the United Nations Security Council.

Source: AIM