War in Mozambique would affect Zanu (PF) plans: Gumbo

The resurgence of violence in Mozambique between Alfonso Dhlakama’s Renamo and the Frelimo government forces would affect the Zanu (PF) government’s plans if it intensifies, says a senior official.

Rugare Gumbo
Rugare Gumbo

Party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said military destabilisation of Zimbabwe’s eastern neighbour would impact the entire region. “Our plans would be disturbed because counter-revolutionary wars start in a small way, but have far-reaching negative effects on revolutionary party governments,” he said. Renamo recently went back to the bush to wage a guerrilla war against Armando Guebuza’s government for what it described as ‘being short changed in the coalition government’.

“Our two countries share boundaries, so the more the war spreads the more we are affected as a country,” Gumbo told The Zimbabwean in a telephone interview.

Minister of Defence, Sydney Sekeramayi, could not be reached for comment. He said recently that Zimbabwe had not deployed troops to counter Renamo operations but the defence forces were on high alert.

Experts said if Renamo sustains the war like it did in the 1980s to early 1990s, Zimbabwe might be sucked in as it would have to defend its interests, such as the Beira Corridor, at a great expense.

“It is on record that the Mozambique war and the DRC conflict had a far-reaching negative impact on the economy of Zimbabwe, as the country was overstretched in terms of military personnel, military hardware and other resources. If this happens again we would not be able to sustain military intervention,” said a top military official on condition of anonymity.

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