Mozambique: Meeting in the Bush: Implications of Negotiations between Nyusi and Dhlakama

On 6 August, President Nyusi met Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama in Vunduzi, near the Gorongosa mountains in Gorongosa district, Sofala province. Rather than insisting on a meeting in Maputo, or a third location, Nyusi went to meet Dhlakama in the bush where he has been hiding since the resurgence of political violence in 2016. The two leaders discussed the next steps in the peace process and agreed to maintain a dialogue. According to Dhlakama, the meeting “produced compromises” and served to build further trust.

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