Renamo barred from holding party meetings in Inhambane

The president of the largest opposition party in Mozambique, Ossufo Momade, is being barred from holding party meetings in Inhambane, and on Wednesday (07-10) was forced out of the room he had rented.

Ossufo Momade, leader of the largest opposition party in Mozambique, says he will request an explanation from President Filipe Nyusi for the current climate of political intolerance in the country.

According to Momade, Renamo is being barred from holding meetings in the province of Inhambane, with the head of Renamo forced to meet with party members and supporters in inappropriate places, as there are no spaces available to hire.

Allegedly, business people are being obliged by the ruling party, Frelimo, not to hire their commercial establishments to Renamo.

This Wednesday (07-10), in the city of Maxixe, the party had paid to rent a room, and party members were already there when they were forced to leave. Renamo members say the owner of the venue was instructed not to allow any party meetings in the location.

Speaking anonymously, one of the event room managers told DW Africa that “the person who gave the receipt” did not realise that the space was being requested for a political event and had therefore initially allowed the hire to go ahead.

Similar situation elsewhere

Ossufo Momade told the press that the situation of Maxixe was repeated in other districts in Inhambane. “In Maxixe, Massinga and Vilanculos, the heads of the Frelimo administration and party forced economic agents to avoid having Renamo in their establishments,” he says. “Where are we going, with this type of behaviour?” he asks.

Less than a month ago, the president of the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM), Daviz Simango, was also barred from holding meeting in event halls in the same province.

The Renamo leader says that he will convene the [International] Contact Group with the government to clarify the situation in Mozambique.

“We are fully complying with our obligations,” Momade says, “but what we are finding on the ground is an anomalous situation.”

“So we are going to call a meeting with the [International] Contact Group, as well as with President Nyusi, because we cannot go on like this,” he says. “We are Mozambicans, and we would like to live in peace. But peace is not just the silence of the arms. There must also be respect.” Source: Deutsche Welle

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