Ahead of the Pope’s visit to Mozambique, the country’s president and the leader of the Renamo opposition have signed a peace agreement to end armed hostilities, almost three decades after the end of a civil war.
PUBLISHED ONOct 2019
The permanent ceasefire comes just weeks before Francis arrives on 5 September in Maputo for a one-day visit to the country that will include meeting with President Filipe Nyusi (in photo, left). The motto for the Papal visit is “hope, peace and reconciliation”.
Starting in the late 1970s, Renamo fought a brutal 16-year civil war against the Frelimo government that left one million people dead before the fighting stopped in 1992 in a peace deal negotiated in part by the Catholic Church.
Despite the end of the civil war and the group transforming into a political party, it retained an armed wing and violence has continued to flare up ever since. Signing the accord brings an end to a long peace negotiation process initiated by Renamo’s former leader, Alfonso Dhlakama, who died in May last year.