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RENAMO allege Frelimo led government in Maputo wants to assassinate its leader Dhlakama

President Guebuza invited RENAMO leader to high level talks in Maputo on 8th November 2013 in an effort to address concerns which has led to the breakdown of the 1992 ceasefire agreement. Recent skirmishes between the two sides has resulted in casualties on both sides. Analysts in SADC blame both sides for breaking the ceasefire.
Mozambique’s revived rebel movement Renamo on Tuesday spurned the government’s invite for high level face-to-face talks to end destabilising military skirmishes because they allege Maputo plans to assassinate Renamo leader Dhlakama. Recently Renamo declared the 1992 deal as dead. The threat of a military conflict in Mozambique has sent shivers down President Mugabe’s spine.
Zimbabwe relies on Beira Corridor for supplies of oil and has a pipeline which runs to Feruka in Mutare. The conflict which ended in 1992 saw Zimbabwe heavily involved to safeguard that supply route. Harare has already indicated that they will not lie idle while peace in Mozambique is at stake.
Recently, allAfrica.com reported that Russia’s petroleum company Rosneft is to construct a new pipeline for refined products from the port of Beira in the central Mozambican province of Sofala to the Zimbabwean capital, Harare. The pipeline will also supply oil for Zambia, Malawi and Botswana and will replace the outdated Beira-Feruka pipeline.
Former Prime Minister and Leader of the opposition MDC-T  Morgan Tsvangirai recently remarked that shall there be outbreak of war in the eastern neighbour, he would regard that as an internal conflict and sees no reason to intervene because Zimbabwe government cannot sustain a war at the moment.

AFP, Maputo

Just hours after receiving the invitation Renamo rejected the “cynical” invitation outright.Speaking to AFP in the capital Maputo, Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga branded it “a political propaganda campaign without minimal respect for ethics.” Supporters of Dhlakama – a rebel leader in Mozambique’s brutal civil war have been involved in a series of deadly attacks and are demanding a share of the country’s resource wealth.

For many Mozambicans the crisis has uncomfortable echoes of a 16-year civil war between Renamo and the ruling Frelimo party that resulted in the deaths of around one million people.

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Zimbabwe will be justified to enter Mozambique conflict to protect national interests? The new oil and gas pipeline will supply from Beira-Harare direct.

Amid nearly a year of simmering tensions and sporadic attacks on police and civilians, the Mozambique army raided Dhlakama’s bush camp on October 21.

The factions signed a peace deal in 1992 and Renamo subsequently became the main opposition party, but has since seen its support erode. Guebuza said he wanted to hold talks “out of respect for the strong wishes of the Mozambican people,” his office said in a statement reported by the state news agency.

Thousands of people marched across the country last Thursday to protest a range of issues, including the prospects of a new war.Renamo accused the government of planning fresh assaults in the movement’s strongholds in central Mozambique. It also said Zimbabwe and Brazil had offered to send troops to fight on Frelimo’s side.

A face-to-face meeting between the two leaders is seen as the only way of ending the impasse after months of dialogue between Renamo and the government failed to yield results. Gunmen, reportedly from Renamo, have attacked civilian vehicles almost daily on the main north-south highway in central Mozambique since the fall of Dhlakama’s bush camp.

Last week Guebuza told AFP in an exclusive interview “the solution is dialogue. It is not a military solution,” a day after government forces attacked another Renamo camp. Both sides have said they want peace, although the tit-for-tat clashes continue.

Asked whether Renamo was preparing to act against the alleged assault by government forces, Mazanga replied “defence is an animal instinct. Any animal’s first reaction is to defend itself and survive.”

Renamo has in the past called for Guebuza to travel to the central Sofala province for talks, where Dhlakama has strong support. It says the leader would be in danger of attacks if he travelled.

Meanwhile leaders of regional bloc the Southern African Development Community (SADC) “strongly condemned the recent acts of violence being perpetrated by the Renamo in the Republic of Mozambique.”

In a statement they “urged Renamo to stop acts of violence forthwith.”Renamo earlier threatened to disrupt local elections slated for November 20 unless the government gives in to its demands. Campaigning officially started Tuesday, but the movement has refused to register.

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