Mozambique: Nyusi Adds Members to Joint Commisison With Renamo

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday appointed three new members to the government team on the joint commission established with the former rebel movement Renamo which is intended to prepare the ground for a face-to-face meeting between the President and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.

The proposal to double the number of members in each team from three to six was made by Renamo at the last session of the Joint Commission on 20 June.

The new members appointed by Nyusi are Antonio Hama Thai, a veteran of the independence war, a former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and currently a parliamentary deputy of the ruling Frelimo Party; Alfredo Gamito, a former Minister of State Administration, and a prominent Frelimo member of the previous legislature, who was deeply involved in drafting electoral legislation; and Edmundo Galiza Matos Junior, the current spokesperson for the Frelimo Parliamentary Group.

They join the original three members of the team – former Security Minister Jacinto Veloso, former Justice Minister Benvinda Levi (now an advisor on legal matters to Nyusi), and Alves Muteque, an official in the President’s office.

Although the proposal to add more members to the joint commission came from Renamo, so far it has not announced the names of its new members. The existing Renamo team consists of Jose Manteigas, Andre Magibire and Eduardo Nambuete, who are all parliamentary deputies.

By now, invitations to mediate in the talks should have reached the European Union, the Catholic Church and the office of South African President, Jacob Zuma. These were the three mediators proposed by Renamo.

Initially the government declared that foreign mediators were not necessary, since Mozambicans should be able to handle their own disputes. But this became a sticking point for Renamo, and so on 16 June, Nyusi reversed the government position.

He announced “If the problem is to have somebody else present while we are discussing, then let Dhlakama come with whoever he likes, and we will talk so that he ends the attacks. Let him come with these people, and we shall see what will happen. I am ready”.

No response from any of the proposed mediators has yet been made public, and there is still no date for a meeting between Nyusi and Dhlakama.

Source: Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique