Beira, Mozambique – African union and SADC countries have been slow in responding to the escalating violence in Mozambique. The crisis ended the peace pact that was signed after the brutal 1975-1992 civil war between the ruling party Frelimo and the main opposition party Renamo.
The Renamo base, which has existed since the signing of the Rome General Peace Accord came under attack on Tuesday morning by government allied forces. The attack claimed the lives of 17 government soldiers and 58 civilians according to unconfirmed report from an eyewitness.
Mozambique’s Government controlled media claims only six members of government soldiers were injured during the Tuesday operation and are recuperating in Vunduzi.
The accords was signed on 4 October 1992 and was negotiated by the Community of Sant’Egidio with the support of the United Nations in Rome.
According to Renamo, a contingent of government soldiers commenced into the village of Maringue but Renamo forces were not on site after been tipped off. However Renamo was able to exchange fire with the soldiers. Renamo claims it has authority of its base in Maringue and refuted reports that the Mozambique government forces have taken control of the base as mere propaganda.
Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga accused the government that the assaults are aimed at killing and eliminating it’s main opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama.
The Renamo leader is currently in hiding at an undisclosed location.
Although the two leaders, Mozambique President Armando Emílio Guebuza and Renamo leader Mr Afonso Dhlakama have both called for a peacefully resolution, attacks have been escalating in the central region of Mozambique and so far peace seems to be getting elusive 20 days into elections.