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Renamo Supporter killed in Mozambique

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By: Olalekan Adigun
Renamo Supporter killed in Mozambique
Political Violence and Murder in Mozambique: The Case of Salifo Selemane

A Mysterious Murder in Matundo

Salifo Selemane, the former president of the Renamo Youth League in the Matundo neighbourhood, Tete city, met a tragic end when he was assassinated following a robbery that took place around 7:00 PM on a Saturday. Selemane was reportedly accosted by a group of unidentified individuals who stole his motorbike and money. The grim discovery of Selemane’s body, free of blood but bearing signs of violence, was made the following day. Despite the robbery, his documents and cell phone were still in his pockets, although the call records and messages had been erased.

Nuno Zacarias, a spokesperson for Renamo in Tete, confirmed the incident. However, Zacarias suggested that political motivations might be behind the murder, but left it to the police to investigate and clarify the circumstances surrounding this incident. Selemane had served as the president of the Renamo Youth League in the Matundo neighbourhood in 2018.

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Police Investigations and Allegations

The Mozambican police, promising to share comments on the matter, disclosed that a large group of individuals involved in motorbike theft in Tete will be apprehended. This move, while seemingly related to the robbery, also brings into focus the larger issue of crime and violence in the area. While no direct connection has been made between this group and Selemane’s murder, the implication has served to heighten the tension and uncertainty in the region.

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Political Tensions in Mozambique

The murder of Selemane is just one of the latest incidents in a long history of political violence in Mozambique. The country’s main opposition party, Renamo, has made serious allegations against government forces, accusing them of forming death squads to harass and assassinate Renamo members. This accusation comes in the wake of numerous incidents of violence, including the alleged murder of Renamo political delegate Rafael Dikson in the district of Moatize.

Renamo has claimed that the government’s reactivation of death squads is a significant blow against the DDR (Demobilisation, Disarmament, and Reintegration) process and against the collective effort to achieve effective peace and true national reconciliation. These allegations, while serious, have yet to be substantiated by independent investigations.

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The DDR Process and its Challenges

The DDR process in Mozambique has been fraught with difficulties. An attempt to close the last Renamo military base in the central province of Sofala in December met with failure, largely due to disagreement over pensions for demobilized Renamo fighters. This disagreement, among other factors, has contributed to the delay in the DDR process and raised doubts about its success.

The political climate in Mozambique remains tense, with incidents of violence and crime raising questions about the country’s stability and the effectiveness of its peace efforts. The murder of Salifo Selemane, while tragic, serves as a reminder of the challenges that Mozambique faces in its quest for peace and reconciliation.

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