Mozambique government tries to assassinate opposition leader - again!
For the second time in two weeks a convoy carrying Mozambique's opposition party leader Afonso Dhlakama came under attack by government forces. It is reported that over twenty persons were killed, including seven Renamo members. Afonso Dhlakama escaped unhurt.
The British controlled ruling party, Frelimo, has tried to assassinate Dhlakama numerous times over the last 30 years.
Addressing a press conference in Maputo, Renamo spokesperson Antonio Muchanga told reporters that Afonso Dhlakama "was safe and sound and morally concerned about the path that Frelimo has chosen to follow".
The political and security situation in Mozambique remains increasingly unstable. Renamo refuses to accept the results of the 2014 elections, which Dhlakama insists were fraudulent.
Renamo has threatened to take control of northern Mozambique, where it enjoys the support of the majority of the population.
Frelimo seized power by force in 1974 shortly before democratic elections were to be held following the departure of the Portuguese colonists. It has effectively ruled Mozambique as a one party state since then, regularly rigging elections to retain power and deploying foreign troops to pacify the population.
Numerous journalists and political commentators have been assassinated in the country since it gained its independence.
- Pedro Sousa - Maputo