Mozambique former rebel warns of fresh attacks
Mozambican civil war commander Afonso Dhlakama Wednesday vowed fresh attacks against President Armando Guebuza’s government forces if they do not retreat from positions close to his remote base camp.
“If he does not withdraw starting today,” Mr Dhlakama said, “I will order an attack.”
Speaking from his heavily defended bush camp in central Mozambique, the leader of the former rebel group Renamo admitted he ordered a recent attack on a police station that killed four officers.
He said the attack was in response to a raid on Renamo offices that resulted in the arrest of 15 supporters.
“I knew, and I authorised it,” Dhlakama said, adding he told supporters to “make war.”
It was the latest escalation in a long-running feud between the two men who signed the 1992 Rome General Peace Accords that ended a 15-year war in Mozambique which killed one million people.
Analysts have largely dismissed Dhlakama’s threats of a return to civil war as bluster, aimed at regaining some of his significantly depleted political power. In November, Dhlakama told AFP he was willing to “destroy Mozambique” if Renamo did not get a bigger slice of the country’s growing wealth. “We prefer a poor country than to have people eating from our pot,” he said.