MAPUTO– The negotiations between the Mozambican government and the former rebel movement, Renamo, to achieve a definitive peace may undergo a new dynamic as from October, says Veronica Macamo, the chairperson of the country’s parliament, the Assembly of the Republic.

Representing President Filipe Nyusi at the Maputo commemorations Tuesday of the 54th anniversary of the launch of the war for Mozambican independence from Portuguese colonial rule on Sept 25, 1964, laying a wreath at the Monument to Mozambican Heroes, she declared progress in the talks is probable because seven countries have now given a positive response to Nyusi’s request for assistance in the demilitarisation of Renamo.

Those countries, Macamo added, are Switzerland, the United States, Germany, India, Ireland, Norway and Zimbabwe.

The term demilitarisation refers to the disarming and demobilization of the Renamo militia, and re-integrating its members either into the armed forces and the police, or back into civilian life.

We expect that in early October this process will begin to take on a practical and speedier direction,” Macamo said, adding that the government, political parties, civil society and all citizens should continue to cherish peace, so that we can continue to grow as a country and provide well-being for all Mozambicans.

She said it is the patriotic duty of all citizens, regardless of political party affiliation, religion, race or ethnicity, to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their youth and their lives in the battle to attain Mozambican independence, thus allowing the Mozambican people to become masters of their own destiny.

The anniversary coincides with the start of official campaigning for municipal elections scheduled for Oct 10. Macamo urged citizens to behave with tolerance throughout the fortnight-long campaign.