Two Renamo attacks; Dhlakama no to talks

There were attacks Friday and Saturday near Honde, Barue, Manica on the N7 road north to Tete, about 120 km north of Chimoio. These are the 4th and 5th attacks in this spot. This is not a zone covered by armed convoys. Meanwhile, President Filipe Nyusi has set up a team to organise talks with Renamo head Afonso Dhlakama, who in turn says no talks can take place until he has taken power in six provinces.

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama

Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama

On Saturday morning 5 March gunman near Honde shot at a Nagi Investimentos bus carrying more than 60 passengers from Tete. The driver was shot and killed and the bus ran off the road and crashed into a tree. One passenger was killed and eight injured. Lusa (6 Mar) reports that there was a confrontation between Renamo and government soldiers near Honde on Friday, and some soldiers were injured and hospitalised.

A broadcast by the Barue Community Television showed the bus and had an interview with Armando Canheze, the provincial police commander, in which he said it should be easy to identify gunmen along the road, but local people do not talk to the police. ( This could indicated support for Renamo in this area.

On Friday 4 March Renamo issued a statement saying that the government had mobilised 4500 soldiers, riot police and police in Manica and Sofala provinces to “prevent Renamo installing its governments there.” CanalMoz (3 Mar) reported 2000 troops near the Gorongosa mountain and Dhlakama’s base. On 1 March Renamo issued a statement confirming its intention to govern in six provinces: Sofala, Manica, Tete, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa, and that this “will take place from March”. (A Perdiz, 4 Mar, So far this month there has been no evidence of Renamo attempts to govern; Lusa reports increased security in provincial capitals.

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