Regional News Roundup

No more war: Renamo

Mozambique’s main opposition party and former rebel movement, Renamo, has allayed fears it intends going back to war following recurring differences with the ruling Frelimo. Police last month stormed the Renamo office in Nampula, where a large number of demobilised fighters and armed members of the party’s illegal security forces had gathered over the past three months, sparking fears of imminent strife.

Swazi chaos

Swaziland’s security forces on Tuesday disrupted a prayer meeting planned for the biggest city of Manzini, and arresting and detaining opposition politicians, church and civil society leaders. Opposition Pudemo party leader, Mario Masuku was arrested, political activist WandileDludlu, was dumped in Mbabane, while church leader, Sydney Nyembe, was taken away to an unknown location. The King Mswati regime’s actions irked human rights groups.

Discipline Sisulu: DA

South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance party this week called for disciplinary action on Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu, after she refused to reply to written Parliamentary questions on the state of the South African National Defence Force. DA Chief Whip, Watty Watson, wrote to Speaker, Max Sisulu, requesting him to compel the Minister to reply to all outstanding questions. Sisulu has allegedly refused to provide replies to questions focusing on the operation and costs of so-called “shadow planes” used by President Jacob Zuma and critical safety failures relating to the disposal of ammunition within the defence force.

GNU has failed: GZF

The Global Zimbabwe Forum has raised concern at the unresolved political conflict in Zimbabwe, which it said continued to polarise the country and undermine its socio-economic prospects. GZF International Coordinator, Daniel Molokele, urged political parties to put aside their personal interests for the sake of progress in Zimbabwe, which urgently needs political stability to move forward. It criticised government for overlooking the Diaspora in various initiatives.

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