Guebuza sues for political dialogue in Mozambique
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza has sued for an all-inclusive political dialogue in his country, asserting that the exercise should not be confined to leaders if it was going to succeed. The state news agency AIM Monday quoted Guebuza as addressing a rally in the locality of Mazivila, in Bilene district on Sunday, saying dialogue between political “chiefs” has its use but not sufficient to lower tension.
He was clearly responding to assertions in some quarters that political tensions in Mozambique would dissipate if he were to meet with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo.
“It is the responsibility of all of us to enter into dialogue”, he stressed, adding “so that we do not allow people to defend violence” he said.
Political tension is sweeping through the country as the former rebel-turned opposition Renamo party is blamed for attacks on civilians.
Sporadic clashes earlier this year have raised fears that Mozambique, one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies with major foreign investors developing its huge coal and natural deposits, could slip back into open conflict.