MAPUTO. — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has declared that the positive results of the peace agreement which he signed three years ago with Ossufo Momade, leader of the main opposition party, Renamo, “are evident, since its terms are being observed, which brings added hope to the country”.
Of particular importance, said President Nyusi, was the programme for the Demobilisation, Disarmament, and Reintegration (DDR) of members of the Renamo militia, which was now “in its concluding phase”.
President Nyusi congratulated Momade for honouring the agreement. Implementing the promises contained in the 2019 agreement “is making Mozambique a country of peace and harmony”, he said.
Mirko Manzoni, the personal envoy to Mozambique of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, also issued a statement marking the anniversary and praising the results of the peace agreement.
Giving details on the DDR, he said that to date 3,558 former Renamo guerrillas (3,402 men and 156 women) have been demobilised.
This is 68 percent of the total number of “residual forces” claimed by Renamo. In addition, 12 of the 16 known Renamo bases have been closed.
Manzoni said he expected the Renamo demobilisation and disarmament to be concluded by the end of this year and that 2023 would be a year for “reintegration and reconciliation”.
“Progress in these areas”, said the UN envoy, “will be fundamental for the consolidation of peace and will require the collective efforts of all stakeholders. We all benefit from peace, and so we all have a role to play”.
Manzoni pointed out that, in recent years, “Mozambique has been to the forefront in promoting African solutions for African problems. This approach has guided us in implementing the 2019 agreement, and, more recently — AIM