Mozambique: Dhlakama Says No to Power Sharing

Renamo leader AfonsoDhlakama rejects anything that suggests power sharing in an interview given 16 August to Savana (19 Aug). He rejects any suggestion of a post such as vice president because “it is impossible to work with the party Frelimo.” Frelimo “is still Marxist.” He said that he was in Frelimo when he was young, and that “to be vice president signifies being Frelimo again.” Also he doesn’t want to happen to him “what happened to my friend Tsvangirai, who eventually disappeared.” Morgan Tsvangirai was Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in a power sharing government from 2009 to 2013.

On governing the six provinces, he says he will not accept a solution under which the President appoints people named by Dhlakama or in which Nyusi and Dhlakama jointly discuss the governors. “If I give a list to Nyusi, it seems that I am offering Renamo officials to work with Frelimo policies. We won’t go there.” Instead, “there must be a constitutional amendment that says that the provinces are now governed by the winning party,” and a law to give the provinces financial autonomy. Provincial government “must be on the basis of Renamo policies.”

The government says it accepts more decentralisation before the 2019 election, and there is also a discussion of allowing the elected provincial assemblies to nominate governors. But the core question is: How much power and revenue will be decentralised to the provinces? In his press conference Wednesday, Veloso said “Renamo says it will govern with its programme, but this is not possible because that would be creating a state inside another.”

Dhlakama added: “The whole world knows that Nyusi did not win the elections, yet he governs. If he governs without winning, why not close our eyes and accept that the party that won governs in those provinces?”

Finally, Dhlakama demands that since the mediators have met with Nyusi, they must also come to his base in Satunjira, Gorongosa, and meet with him. “We have talked on the telephone but that is not enough.” He has proposed a demilitarised corridor, monitored by three Renamo commanders, three government commanders, and an independent person. Alternatively, he would like to declare a truce to allow a meeting, but only if the government withdraws its troops from around the Gorongosamountain.

Post-war “reconciliation failed, because we lost the spirit of tolerance and co-existence with our differences.” This had been necessary to reach the peace accord, but was lost afterwards, commented TeodatoHunguana, in a speech on 10 August. As a result, “We are again in a war situation that has the risk of becoming widespread.”

Source:Mozambique News Reports and Clippings