MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambican parliament opened its session
on Monday in Maputo with parliamentary groups of both Frelimo
and Renamo calling for a definitive and effective peace
agreement in the country.
“The indicators that
we registered in the last few months, demonstrate political will
for a definitive and effective peace, they are a clear example
that it is possible for Mozambicans to reach an effective and
long lasting peace through dialogue,” said Veronica Macamo,
spokesperson of the parliament.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi for his efforts together with
Afonso Dlhakama, leader of main opposition party Renamo, for the
truce that allowed Mozambicans to celebrate the festive season
in a tranquil environment.
“We appeal all
Mozambicans, political parties, civil society organizations,
church leaders so that in a diversity environment all can
contribute to the restoring of peace in a reconciliation spirit
of tolerance and national unity,” said Margarida Talapa, head of
ruling party Frelimo parliamentary group.
“There is a need to
provide insurance for peace and political stability to
Mozambican families, national and international companies. We
need to boost our economy, conquer our credibility internally
and externally,” said Ivone Soares, head of Renamo parliamentary
UN Security Council slams
recent violence in DR Congo’s Kasai region
UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) --
The UN Security Council strongly condemned the
recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on
Friday, calling for a “credible and impartial investigation.”
The 15-nation UN
body expressed grave concern at the recent reports of serious
violations of international humanitarian law committed by local
militia in the central Kasai region, including unlawful
recruitment and use of child soldiers, and of killings of
civilians by members of the security forces of the DRC, all of
which might constitute war crimes under international law.
In a press
statement, the council members said the DRC government “bears
the primary responsibility to protect civilians within its
territory” and urged the government to “constantly exercise
maximum restraint and proportionate lawful use of force in its
efforts to restore order.”
“They called on the
government of DRC to immediately dispatch a credible and
impartial investigation and to bring to justice and hold
accountable all those responsible,” said the statement.
On Feb. 11, the UN
Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) expressed its concern
about the persistent conflict in the Kasai provinces where
violent atrocities are being committed by the Kamuina Nsapu
The militia is
recruiting and using child soldiers while targeting symbols and
institutions of State authority, according to a news release
issued by MONUSCO, which also cited the disproportionate use of
force by government security forces known as FARDC in their
response to the situation.
Overflowing river drowns five
people in central Mozambique
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
Mozambican Authorities announced Wednesday
in a press release that five people died and five others were
missing after water from a overflowing river washed away a bus
which carried them.
happened in the central Manica province on Wednesday. The bus
was dragged by waters from Mussapa River and the victims in the
bus are all from a local reserve of Chimanimani.
are still in progress. The vehicle carried 21 people but till
now only 16 of them have been found. Eleven people were rescued
alive and 5 people were found dead.
they are still trying to find the five others missing.
Mozambique is in its rainy season, characterized this year by
above-normal rains and strong winds. A few rivers have flooded
in some provinces.