Mozambique: Renamo Major Captured

Maputo – The Mozambican police on Saturday, in the city of Xai-Xai, capital of the southern province of Gaza, presented to the public a gunman of the rebel movement Renamo who was captured during an attack last Wednesday against a police post in Mazivila, in Bilene district.

The man, Domingos Jose, is a major in the Renamo militia, who was demobilized in 1994, after the end of the war of destabilization.

His arrest is further evidence that Renamo is attempting to recall men who were supposed to have returned to civilian life 22 years ago.

According to a report in Monday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, Jose was one of a group of five Renamo gunmen, armed with AK-47 assault rifles, who attacked the police post in an abortive attempt to seize the weapons it contained.

Jose claimed that some of the weaponry would have gone to the central provinces to strengthen Renamo units there, while other guns would have been used to destabilize various socio-economic targets in Gaza.

He said Renamo operations in Gaza are being coordinated by a member of his group still at large, whom he named as Alexandre Munguambe, resident in Chokwe district.

Jeremias Langa, spokesperson for the Gaza provincial police command, said the Wednesday attack against the police post was rebuffed.

The Renamo group fled, but the police set off in pursuit, during which Domingos Jose was captured.

Source: Africa Focus