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Talks between Mozambique main opposition leader and president

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- The meeting between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama last Sunday was praised by former President Armando Guebuza, as well as by the European Union (EU), the U.S. government and academic groups in Mozambique.

"All of us have been working to and want to see peace in Mozambique. This meeting means that key steps were taken for an effective peace in our country. We encourage this initiative and hope that soon we will be living in peace," said Guebuza on Wednesday in Maputo.

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  It was a surprising step taken by the president and the main opposition leader, and a demonstration of goodwill from both sides to carve out a happy ending and to open a new chapter in Mozambique’s development.

The two leaders met on the ground of the main opposition, Renamo, in Gorongosa, Sofala Province, where the Renamo leader took refuge after alleged attempts from the armed forces to end his life.

After the discussion, the leaders reached an agreement on the coming steps of the country’s peace process that should be concluded by the end of this year, according to a statement from the president.

They intend to work closely with the commissions created by the government together with Renamo delegations, and another meeting will be held to prepare the final details for the conclusion of the process.

Salutations and praise for both leaders came in soon after the meeting. The EU said the meeting is important for both sides to build mutual trust and congratulated them on the initiative.

Through its embassy in Maputo, the U.S. government also commended this meeting for representing a significant move on both leaders’ parts for a long-lasting peace in the country.

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- F L A S H   B A C K -- Former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza [left] shakes hands with Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, in Maputo, Mozambique, Sept. 5, 2014. Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama had formally reached the agreement on a cessation of hostilities which their representatives had signed on Aug. 24, 2014. The Mozambican Parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, were later to hold an ad hoc meeting in order to ratify and enact it into a law. XINHUA PHOTO - MAURICE VOMBE
"This meeting represents another significant step in their joint efforts to achieve a lasting peace that will benefit the security and prosperity of the people of the Republic of Mozambique," said the U.S. press release.

Academic groups in Mozambican society also expressed their appreciation of the meeting, and addressed the responsibilities of each part involved in the negotiation aimed at reaching an agreement that will put an end to the reconciliation efforts that have been dragging on since 1992.

"We must rejoice, we must be trustful and bear in mind that the level of trust increased between the two, but need to be on guard to make sure nothing spoils this situation," said Lourenco do Rosario, an academic and former member of the observatory mission during the peace talks in Maputo.

Since the declaration of this indefinite truce, Mozambique has witnessed no more attacks along the roads, particularly in its central and northern regions.


Mozambican authorities take second former minister to court

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambique Anti-Corruption Bureau filed a process to justice authorities against the former Minister of Transport and Communications, Paulo Zucula for allegedly approving undue payments while serving in office.

The file issued by the anti-corruption bureau states that the former minister authorized remuneration on behalf of board members from the National Institute of Civil Aviation, a branch from his ministry, local media reports on Tuesday.

Therefore the accusations extend against the former administrator of the aviation institute, the former general director of the Institute and the former head of the finance department.

The accused allegedly approved payments equivalent to their wages justifying as salary advances and never refunded the money until the amount reached alarming levels.

The anti-corruption bureau says that one of the undue payments include flights ticket to a family member of one of the board members from the aviation institute, when her benefit package did not include this item.

Zucula was sacked from his position as minister while serving the term of former president Armando Guebuza and he is expected to appear in court to clarify this questions raised by the anti-corruption bureau.

Zucula will be the second minister from the same ministry taken to court accused of corruption after his predecessor, Antonio Muguambe was sentenced to 4 years in prison for using state funds to pay for school fees of his children overseas as well as to accept a vehicle as a gift from the Mozambique Airports.

Zucula was once deputy-minister of agriculture during the period of the former president Joaquim Chissano and returned to the government positions when appointed for general director of the National Institute of Disaster Management and later Minister of Transport and Communications under the term of president Guebuza.

He is also the second former minister taken to court this year, after the accused Abdulremane Lino de Almeida, former minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs was condemned to two years in prison in July this year.

Abdulremane was accused by the anti-corruption bureau of abusing power and approving undue payments to individuals with no bond with the government.

He was sacked from his position a year later after appointed in 2015 by president of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi.

Car crash kills five, injures 28 in southern Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Local police authorities in Mozambique blamed human error for the fatal accident that killed 5 people and injured 28 others in southern Inhambane province on Tuesday.

Radio Mozambique quoted the Police Head of Public Relation Juma Ali citing excessive speed, violation of traffic rules and fatigue driving among the preliminary reasons that led to the fatal crash in the first hours of Tuesday.

The accident involved a bus transporting passengers from the central city of Quelimane in Zambezia province to the capital Maputo when it strongly hit a broken-down truck parked along the lane.

"For nearly every car crash that we register in Inhambane there is always a human error, particularly for buses transporting passengers, the accident was in a dangerous zone vulnerable to accidents, the signalization is clear, the driver shouldn’t be at the speed he was driving," said Ali.

"The other thing is fatigue, the most fatal accidents involve long distance transporters in which there is the same driver who is behind the stirring wheel for more than 24 hours," added Ali.

The police again appeals drivers to observe road traffic and follow recommendations to drive along the established hours to avoid accidents that claim lives.

Last year in April the same region had a similar accident killing 15 people when a bus transporting passengers hit a broken-down truck loaded with timber.



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