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Mozambique: The Veterans’ Association’s Call to Arms: Frelimo Opposition to Nyusi

On 7 September in Pemba, Cabo Delgado province, ACLLN Secretary General Fernando Faustino demanded that President Nyusi issue weapons to the powerful organization’s members so they can “teach [Renamo leader Afonso] Dhlakama a lesson,” adding that the Renamo leader and his party were “enemies of the Mozambican people.” Perhaps more worryingly, he also alleged that Renamo is acting on behalf of an “external hand” consisting of foreign interests that want to “pillage” the country’s national resource wealth and are therefore “enemies of the people and of Mozambique’s sovereignty.” The day and place Faustino made his comments are significant.

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