MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambique’s state media on Thursday reported
that a group of armed men from the main opposition Renamo
attacked four civilian vehicles on Thursday morning in the
central Mozambican province of Sofala, resulting in a few
The attack took place between the Save River
and Muxungue region in Chibabava district of Sofala around 6
a.m., according to one of the survivors, quoted by Radio
One of the vehicles belongs to the Ministry of Health.
Its driver whose name was not identified by the survivor
sustained minor injuries.
The gunmen tried to burn his car, but they ran into the bush
when they learnt that government troops were rushing to the
scene. All the four vehicles were travelling from the capital,
Maputo towards the north of the country.
"The gunmen started firing indiscriminately from the bush.
"They wounded the driver of the small truck, but not
"He is now in hospital in Muxugue town", the survivor said.
The survivor told the radio that "there is no doubt that they
were Renamo gunmen, because of the way they were attacking".
Radio Mozambique spoke to the administrator of Muxungue,
Domingos Fernando, who confirmed the attack on four vehicle.
But he said the fourth vehicle, which was heading to the
northern city of Nampula was attacked at 7 O’ Clock in the
According to Fernando, Renamo men have been in Muxungue for
about a year, disguising as farmers.
"But afterwards they started attacking vehicles recently.
"We now realized that they are the ones who are attacking
people as well", he added.
This is the first time Renamo gunmen attack vehicles at the
same place this year.
The stretch was the scene of attacks by Renamo men in 2013.
Several vehicles were ambushed, and this sparked more clashes
between Renamo men and government troops, which resulted in the
storming of the Renamo leader’s home at Maringue, also in Sofala
in May the same year.
The Renamo leader, Afonso Dhlakama, managed to flee and went
to Gorongosa mountain, where he was in hiding.
He left the area after he was persuaded by the Italians, so
that he could take part in general and presidential elections.
He stood as candidate for Renamo in the presidential race in
But when the results of the polls gave victory to the ruling
Frelimo party and its presidential candidate, Filipe Nyusi, he
became furious and returned to Gorongosa.
From then on, he has been threatening to hold nationwide mass
protests to topple the government.
The Renamo leader is also requesting to govern the provinces
where he and Renamo got more votes.
Mozambique benefits U.S.
90 million dollars from Afrexim bank
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambique benefited about 90 million U.S.
dollars from the African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim bank),
since it was created in 1993, according to the administrator of
markets, in the Mozambican Central Bank, Joana Matsombe, on
Mastombe said 35 million U.S. dollars are in process to come
The Pan African bank has 150 members, and Mozambique is a
The money already given to Mozambique went to several
companies and was used in economic activities. Matsombe urged
member states of the bank to grab the opportunity to get money
from Afrexim bank.
Giving an example, Matsombe said Zimbabwe grabbed 200 million
U.S. dollars last year for its economic recovery, while Gabon
got 300 million this year to be used in coconut project to
extract oil and in infrastructures.
For Matsombe, Mozambique seems to be timid in asking for
money from the pan African financial institution.
Mozambique, hit by floods, drought, cyclones, which destroyed
roads, bridges, schools, health units, among others, needs money
to recover them, said Matsombe.
A meeting of the Afrexim bank is taking place since Wednesday
in the Mozambican capital, the first time since it was created.
The business forum is discussing about its activities and
divulge financial products it can offer.