Almost 1,500 guerrillas of Mozambique’s main opposition party Renamo have been demobilized, representing 29 percent of the former rebel movement’s residual soldiers waiting to be reintegrated into normal life, President Filipe Nyusi said Wednesday.
The process of disarmament, demobilization and re-integration of Renamo’s residual forces, which resumed in early June, has been well conducted, Nyusi said in his annual state-of-the-nation speech to the Assembly of the Republic in Maputo.
“As of Dec. 11, six old Renamo bases were closed,” he said. “At the moment, 1,490 guerrillas have been demobilized, representing 29 percent of the total of 5,221.”
Different kinds of weapons, including grenades, were also handed in, the president said.
“The process continues smoothly,” said Nyusi, noting that members of the Military Junta, a dissident faction of Renamo, also joined in the process.
He commended Renamo for its commitment to peace and the disarmament, demobilization and re-integration process.