Nyusi Willing to Meet Again With Dhlakama (allAfrica.com)

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi is willing to hold a further meeting with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, the President’s spokesperson, Antonio Gaspar, told reporters on Wednesday.
Nyusi met with Dhlakama twice in early February, and it was widely believed that these meetings helped ease political tensions. Now the mediators in the long running dialogue between the government and Renamo want another Nyusi-Dhlakama meeting to break the current impasse in the talks.
The mediators flew to the central city of Quelimane on 12 March to meet with Dhlakama, and their spokesperson, Lourenco do Rosario, who is Vice-Chancellor of the Polytechnic University, said they believed that a face-to-face meeting between Nyusi and Dhlakama could break the deadlock over points two and three of the agenda for the dialogue – namely defence and security and the separation of the state from political parties.
Gaspar said that Nyusi is open to a dialogue with Dhlakama, and that the stability of the country is his top concern. But he said nothing about when a further meeting with Dhlakama might take place.
“I can’t give any dates, because I don’t know”, he said, “but I can guarantee that the President is always available for dialogue”.
Nyusi’s concern with peace was such that he was “available 24 hours a day”.
Gaspar was speaking after a meeting between Nyusi and a group of civil society organizations, religious figures, business people, and writers. The group contained such well known figures as Graca Machel, chairperson of one of Mozambique’s major NGOs, the Community Development Foundation, Anglican bishop emeritus Dinis Sengulane (one of the mediators in the dialogue with Renamo), and the country’s best known novelist, Mia Couto.
The message from the group, delivered by writer Nelson Saute, warned that, “peace in Mozambique is again being called into question. The winning of a united and indivisible nation is being called into question. A warmongering discourse of blackmail and threats has again been installed, endangering efforts for democracy, inclusion and tolerance”.
“Political parties should be the owners of proposals and programmes for action”, said Saute. “But no party, including the ruling party, has the right to endanger peace. Political parties should have the absolute freedom to produce and divulge their ideas. But no politician has the right to make fear and insecurity return, Nobody is authorized to used the idiom of force to impose his ideas. Nobody is authorized to trample on the Constitution and on democratic norms in order to obtain power”.
The declaration did not name any party or politician in particular. But it is Dhlakama who, at rally after rally in the northern and central provinces, has threatened to use force, and even to wage war, if the Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, does not pass a Renamo bill establishing “autonomous provinces”.
The group had come to speak to Nyusi to encourage him on the path of peace and tolerance. “We want to tell you that we are with you”, said Saute. “This search for harmony and peace may be a difficult and thorny path. But it will not be less costly or more painful than the path of violence and war”.
“Persist on this path, President Nyusi!”, the message urged. “There is no other path. Dialogue is the only route to peace.
The paths which you have chosen, the paths for which Mozambicans chose you, lead us all to dialogue, tolerance and peaceful coexistence among people who are equal but different”.
Source: Business