Mozambique: Rain Prevents Dhlakama From Addressing Rally

Maputo – A planned telephone contact between Afonso Dhlakama, leader of Mozambique’s rebel movement Renamo, and Renamo members and supporters in the central city of Beira, failed to happen on Saturday, because of bad weather, reports the independent newssheet “Mediafax”.

Renamo had scheduled a rally for a sports field belonging to Beira Municipal Council in the densely populated neighbourhood of Munhava. A sound system was set up, including large loudspeakers which would have allowed Dhlakama’s voice to boom out to thousands of his supporters in Machava.

But this depended entirely on the phone communication between Beira and Dhlakama’s military camp, somewhere in Gorongosa district. Previously Dhlakama had been fortunate with his communications. He had been able to address press conferences by telephone and had spoken by phone several times with President Filipe Nyusi, which made possible the current truce, declared on 26 December.

Source: Angola Press News Agency