Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has pledged that his government will continue to engage in dialogue with the rebel group Renamo in order to re-establish effective peace in the country.

Speaking during a visit to families living in the flood-prone neighbourhood of Maxaquene in the capital, Maputo on Wednesday, Nyusi said there was no reason to start pointing fingers of guilt.

Asked by the media why the truce declared by Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama on Tuesday will be only seven days, Nyusi said: The matter’s being dealt with. Don’t look for guilty parties. We encourage dialogue, and we shall continue talking, as we have always talked.”

Looking for the guilty, he warned, could only disturb the dialogue which has at least achieved a temporary suspension of hostilities.

After a lengthy telephone conversation between Nyusi and Dhlakama on Monday, the Renamo leader on Tuesday announced a truce beginning at midnight and lasting for the next seven days, until Jan 4, 2017. He suggested that, if all went well, the truce could be extended.

Nonetheless, the Mozambican police are wary, and the spokesperson for the General Command of the police force, Inacio Dina, told journalists that the defence and security forces will continue their operations in the centre of the country, in order to protect the residents of these areas.

As of Wednesday morning, traffic was still only able to move in convoys under armed escort along the most dangerous stretch of the main north-south highway, between the Save River and the small town of Muxungue, in Sofala Province.