NAMANHUMBIR, MOZAMBIQUE, President Filipe Nyusi has urged Mozambicans to show patience and to support the efforts currently underway to secure effective peace in the country.

Addressing a rally in Namanhumbir, an administrative post in the northern province of Cabo Delgado over the weekend, he said trust must be restored among Mozambicans to ensure successful peace talks between the government and Renamo, the rebel force which has not laid down arms, even though it is now the main opposition party in the parliament.

So let’s cherish this process. We are saying ‘Mozambicans, let’s work so that the peace project is lasting and we all have to be part of this’,” he said, adding that this was why he had taken the initiative to maintain regular contacts with the leader of Renamo, Afonso Dhlakama.

Only by talking, by dialogue, can the problem be solved. As I always said, we Mozambicans have to talk. So I took the initiative, humbly, to speak with the leader of Renamo. I said we had to talk, and he agreed to talk, and we have been talking, Nyusi said.

Although Dhlakama is still living in a Renamo military base in the central district of Gorongosa, he has been able to keep in regular contact with Nyusi by telephone. These phone calls resulted in a truce declared by Dhlakama, which took effect on Dec 27 last year and has been extended a number of times. Last week, Dhlakama extended the truce for an indefinite period.

Nyusi explained that the government and Renamo have set up two working groups. The first team is discussing decentralization.That means how we should live, how we should govern, who should be here, who should be there, and thinking about new rules for the next games, which are the elections. We are not discussing the governance of five or six provinces, he said.

The second group was dealing with military matters, and was discussing disarming the Renamo militia because nobody, except the army of the State, should have guns, Nyusi stressed. The group is discussing what to do with those people with guns, after they have handed over their guns. Meanwhile, we say nobody should shoot anyone else. And that is what is happening.”