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(AFP (eng) 10/25/13)
MAPUTO, October 25, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo said Friday one of its lawmakers was killed in a raid on its military base by government troops earlier in the week. The statement came after Renamo, which fought a bloody civil war against the ruling Frelimo party before transforming into a political party, declared that a 1992 peace deal was over. Renamo said the assault Monday on its base in central Mozambique amounted to an attack by the government on multiparty democracy. "Our colleague Armindo Milaco died as a result of government forces' attack on our leader's base on 21 October," Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga told AFP. "He was hit by a howitzer." The party only learnt of...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
JOHANNESBURG | (Reuters) - At the age of 60, Mozambique's former rebel leader Afonso Dhlakama is hiding out in the bush again, not backing down in a struggle between old foes that has donors and investors fretting about stability in the budding energy producer. A year ago, the leader of the country's biggest opposition party Renamo quit his life in the city and returned to the remote Gorongosa forest from where he once directed a 16-year civil war fought by his guerrillas which ended in 1992. Dhlakama says he does not want another war. But as he and his followers evade Frelimo government troops who overran their base on Monday, there is a risk of more of the clashes and...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
BRUSSELS | Fri Oct 25, 2013 (Reuters) - European Union leaders rebuffed calls from southern European states on Friday for emergency action to tackle a wave of illegal migration from Africa despite the deaths of hundreds of people in Mediterranean boat disasters. EU leaders meeting in Brussels expressed "deep sadness" at the drownings, which have killed up to 550 migrants this month alone, but postponed any new action until December. A more thorough overhaul of the bloc's immigration policies will wait until after next year's European elections when rising anti-immigration sentiment is set to boost far-right parties. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, among southern European leaders who had called for urgent action from the EU summit, put a brave face...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/25/13)
SAN FRANCISCO | (Reuters) - Seeking to avoid a repeat of Facebook Inc's much-maligned public debut, Twitter Inc revealed more modest ambitions, saying its initial offering would raise up to $1.6 billion and value the company at up to about $11 billion. The valuation was more conservative than the $15 billion some analysts had expected for the social media phenomenon, potentially attracting investors who might consider the money-losing company's listing price a better deal, with room to rise. Twitter had signaled for weeks it would price its IPO modestly to avoid the sort of stock plummet that spoiled Facebook's coming-out party. It said on Thursday it intends to sell 70 million shares between $17 and $20 apiece, raking in up...
(The Herald Online 10/24/13)
Vice-President Joice Mujuru has described the Mozambican National Resistance Movement’s return to the bush to start fighting Cde Armando Guebuza’s government as sad. She told ZBC News last night that Western countries that sponsor Renamo had not forgiven the Sadc region for challenging white supremacy. “Our entrance is Mozambique and that is our route to the sea, our railway line, our fuel and everything. So we have to protect our pipeline and whatever goods are coming through Mozambique. “This is not what we expect in the region at the moment considering that we are going to lose life. We have already lost our stature through this Western destabilisation.” Cde Mujuru said a million people were killed over 16 years of...
(AFP (eng) 10/24/13)
MAPUTO, October 24, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza on Thursday said peace in the country was under threat after two days of tit-for-tat violence between government forces and former members of the rebel Renamo group. "Mozambique is currently living through moments in which peace is under threat," the president said at a community meeting in central Sofala province. Renewed hostilities broke out after the army seized a Renamo base during a raid on Monday, prompting the former rebel group to declare that a two-decade long peace deal that ended the country's civil war in 1992 was over. The subsequent violence reportedly saw Renamo fighters attack a police station in the region. "This moment is a test, an examination...
(Daily Nation 10/24/13)
Zimbabwe’s Vice President Joice Mujuru has accused Western countries of being behind Mozambique rebel group’s decision to revive the country’s deadly civil war. Fighters from the Mozambican National Resistance Movement (Renamo) this week attacked a police station, raising fears the group was plotting fresh disturbances. Ms Mujuru said a civil war in Mozambique would not be in the best interests of Zimbabwe, which relies heavily on its neighbour to move fuel imports. She said Western countries were still bent on punishing southern African countries “for challenging white supremacy.” “Our entrance is Mozambique and that is our route to the sea, our railway line, our fuel and everything,” Ms Mujuru told state television. “So we have to protect our pipeline and...
(Bloomberg 10/24/13)
Mozambican army clashes with former rebels may disrupt coal shipments and public transportation without heralding a return to civil war, said analysts such as Alex Vine, head of the African program at Chatham House. The Mozambique National Resistance, known as Renamo, said it was ending the 21-year-old peace agreement with the southern African nation’s ruling party after army troops captured its headquarters in the Gorongosa mountains on Oct. 21. The action followed Renamo attacks on arms depots and buses this year that killed several people and forced the closing of rail lines used by coal mines owned by Rio Tinto Plc. “The markets are concerned -- adds additional risk for lenders and could make it more difficult for Mozambique to...
(Voice of America 10/24/13)
A spokesman says the African Union (AU) sharply condemns any attempt by individuals or groups to undermine peace, stability and development in Mozambique. El-Ghassim Wane says the continental body is closely monitoring security in the southern African country. “Mozambique has made tremendous progress both politically and economically over the past decade, and we believe it is important that progress … is preserved, and that we ensure that no attempt to destabilize the country succeeds,” said Wane. His comments came after the opposition Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) group announced its decision to withdraw from a 21-year-old peace accorded with the ruling FRELIMO party that effectively ended the country’s civil war. In a communique, the AU called for dialogue between President Armando...
(Daily News (zw) 10/23/13)
MAPUTO - Mozambique's former rebel group Renamo says it has annulled a 1992 peace deal that ended a 16-year civil war after clashes with government forces. A Defence ministry spokesperson said government forces had attacked a Renamo base in Sathundjira, near Gorongosa in central Mozambique, on Monday. The operation comes after Renamo mounted attacks on police positions in the same area. The fighting has damaged the decades old peace-deal between the Mozambique Liberation Front, also known as Frelimo, which has lead government since independence in 1975, and the Renamo movement, which is now an official opposition group. A Renamo spokesperson said the aim of the attack on its base was to kill its leader. “Today, the Frelimo-government used troops and...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/13)
Zimbabwe has urged rebels in Mozambique not to fight, after an opposition group with military and political wings withdrew from a 1992 peace deal. Zimbabwe's deputy foreign minister Christopher Mutsvangwa told the BBC that he would not countenance a return to civil war in Mozambique. The Renamo movement, thought to have about 1,000 fighters as well as 51 MPs, ended the peace accord on Monday. Mozambique's 1976-1992 civil war led to about one million deaths. Mr Mutsvangwa said Renamo should rejoin the political process, not threaten regional stability. He told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme that Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama should "never, never" return to violence. "Southern Africa will not countenance this. We simply do not need this...
(Dw-World 10/23/13)
Renamo, Mozambique's largest opposition party, has cancelled the peace accord it sealed with the ruling Frelimo party in 1992. Earlier, government troops captured Renamo's military base in the Gorongosa region. During the civil war in Mozambique from 1976 to 1992, it was known as the Tete Run. This was a highly dangerous road route linking Malawi and the Mozambican port of Beira along which Renamo (Mozambique National Resistance) rebels frequently ambushed cars and trucks. After 21 years of peace, the streets of the Mozambican city of Tete could also once again be fraught with danger. Renamo has annulled its peace accord with Frelimo, the ruling party and its erstwhile civil war opponents. On Monday (21.10.2013) government troops seized Renamo's Sathunjira...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/13)
WASHINGTON | (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday urged Mozambique's government and the Renamo opposition movement to "move back from the brink" and take steps to quell an escalation in tensions that many worry could disrupt the country's strong economic growth. The Renamo former rebel group declared on Monday it was terminating a 1992 peace accord that ended a 1975-1992 civil war, complaining that government forces overran base of opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama in the Gorongosa forest. "We are deeply concerned by the escalation in violence between government security forces and members of the opposition party Renamo," said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. "We are encouraging the two parties to take visible and decisive steps to de-escalate the...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/23/13)
UNITED NATIONS | (Reuters) - The African Union and Kenya asked the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to defer the trials of Kenya's leaders at the International Criminal Court for one year so they can deal with the aftermath of the Nairobi mall attack. In a letter to the council obtained by Reuters, African leaders said the legal proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto "will distract and prevent them from fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities, including oversight for national and regional security affairs." Kenyatta and Ruto face charges of crimes against humanity related to the violence that followed Kenya's 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died. Both deny the charges and have tried to have the prosecutions...
(Voice of America 10/23/13)
Aid group Save the Children is highlighting progress in combating child mortality in many developing nations in Africa, while also warning of the need to address inequalities to help children have a better chance of surviving. The group issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying. Its profile of Ethiopia spotlights the divide. The country has cut child mortality by 67 percent since the United Nations set a target to cut child moratlity by that rate worldwide by 2015. However, Save the Children says kids in the poorest 40 percent of Ethiopia's population...
(BBC News Africa 10/23/13)
South Korea's largest tobacco company has promised to change an advertising campaign after accusations of racism. Posters promoting a new line of cigarettes featured pictures of monkeys dressed as news reporters, declaring "Africa is coming!" The cigarettes are part of a new This Africa line. The company, KT&G, says they contain African tobacco roasted and dried in a traditional fashion. The cigarette packets contain images of monkeys roasting tobacco.'Mocking Africa'. "We are deeply offended by KT&G's shameless and insulting use of this mocking imagery," said the African Tobacco Control Alliance in a statement calling for the withdrawal of the ad campaign, saying it was "at a minimum culturally insensitive". Cigarette ad featuring a monkey in South Korea Ads for This...
(AFP (eng) 10/22/13)
MAPUTO, October 22, 2013 (AFP) - Mozambique's Renamo and the country's president are determined to avert a new civil war, despite the ex-rebels declaring a 1992 peace deal over, a negotiator said Tuesday. Schools have been shut in the region around Renamo's military base, in the mountains of central Mozambique, after two days of tit-for-tat violence raised fears the country could plunge back into what was one of Africa's bloodiest wars. The ex-rebel group attacked a police station on Tuesday, hours after declaring that a government raid on its base had broken the peace deal, which ended 16 years of fighting. But in talks with independent negotiator Lourenco do Rosario, Renamo said it "reaffirms that it does not want to...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/22/13)
MAPUTO/JOHANNESBURG | Tue Oct 22, 2013 (Reuters) - Mozambique's opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama, who is fleeing government forces in a remote jungle region, may have also exiled himself to the political wilderness by abandoning a 1992 peace pact that ended the country's civil war. His Renamo former rebel group, which embraced multi-party politics after the deal, said on Monday it was annulling the accord with the government after the army overran Dhlakama's base in the Gorongosa forest of central Sofala province. Suspected Renamo guerrillas fired on a police station at Maringue, just north of the Gorongosa district early on Tuesday, local media said. But no casualties were reported and many doubt Dhlakama still has the power to drag Mozambique back...
(Bloomberg 10/22/13)
Mozambique’s opposition and former rebel movement said a peace deal signed in Rome in 1992 with the ruling party is over following an attack by government troops on its headquarters today. The military today attacked the base of the Mozambique National Resistance party, known as Renamo, in Satunjira in the central Sofala province, Fernando Mazanga, a spokesman for the group, said at a press conference today. Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was forced to take refuge in the nearby Gorongosa mountains, he said. “Dhlakama is alive and in good health despite that attack,” he said. “The attack definitely puts to an end the Rome peace agreement and from now on we cannot assure what will happen.” Renamo, which was once backed...
(BBC News Africa 10/22/13)
Mozambique's opposition Renamo movement has ended a 1992 peace accord after government forces attacked the jungle base of its leader, Afonso Dhlakama. The government forces captured the Sathunjira base in central Mozambique, forcing Mr Dhlakama to flee. About a million people were killed in the civil war that raged in Mozambique after it achieved independence from Portugal in 1975. Mozambique's economy has been booming since the civil war ended. Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga said that government soldiers had bombarded the Sathunjira base with heavy weapons before occupying it on Monday. "Peace is over in the country... The responsibility lies with the Frelimo government because they didn't want to listen to Renamo's grievances," Mr Mazanga told Reuters news agency. This irresponsible...

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