President Mnangagwa applauds Mozambican peace deal
Harare– President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Tuesday commended the Mozambican government and the country’s main opposition party, Renamo for signing a peace deal to end armed clashes between the two.
The Mozambican government and Renamo were due to sign a final peace and reconciliation agreement on Tuesday in Maputo’s Peace Square.
Last Thursday, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Ossufo Momade signed an agreement formally ending the clashes between government forces and Renamo’s armed wing in Gorongosa, central Sofala province.
This is the third agreement between a Frelimo led Mozambican government and Renamo, preceded as it is by the 1992 Rome General Peace Agreement and the 2014 military hostilities cessation agreement following a new wave of confrontation between the two parties.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said President Mnangagwa, who is the incoming chair of the Southern African Development Community’s Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, had apprised Cabinet of the developments in Mozambique.
“His Excellency, President ED Mnangagwa informed Cabinet that the government of Mozambique and the Renamo rebel movement were due to sign a ceasefire agreement today,” she said.
“The agreement will entail the full integration of Renamo into Mozambique’s civil and public administrative systems. Cabinet applauds this positive development which is a significant step towards sustainable regional peace and stability.”
The peace initiative has received widespread support, with the European Commission, for example sending the European Union High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini to attend the signing ceremony.
“The EU has been very supportive of the peace process and is providing EUR 50 million to help consolidate it, supporting local economic development, decentralisation, reconciliation and disarmament and promoting the demobilisation and reintegration of former combatants,” the European Union said.