MOZAMBICAN JUSTICE MINISTER DENIES GOVT HAS SET UP DEATH SQUADS

Mozambican Justice Minister Isaque Chande has categorically denied that the government has set up “death squads”.

He was responding in the parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, Wednesday to a question from the main opposition party, Renamo, which claimed that the ruling Frelimo Party “has adopted the method of kidnapping members and supporters of Renamo, resulting invariably in tortures and murders, and their bodies are found abandoned in places far from where they were kidnapped”.

“Harassment and summary executions of Renamo members occur throughout the country,” claimed Renamo, before asking “why has the government created death squads to eliminate the opposition, particularly Renamo?”

Chande simply listed the forces under the Interior Ministry and pointed out that they do not include death squads. The Mozambican police, he said, does not harass political opponents, but pursues “groups of criminals”.

Frelimo deputies reacted much more vigorously. They declared that “there are indeed death squads in Mozambique but they were set up by the racist Rhodesian regime of Ian Smith in the 1970s, and go by the name Renamo”.

“The real death squads were created in Rhodesia, and some of them are sitting here now,” Frelimo MP Costa Chale accused. “They are the ones who kidnap, murder and destroy.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK