MAPUTO – PEOPLE with disabilities in Mozambique are terrified by the threat of the current tensions deteriorating into a civil war similar to one that maimed them decades ago.
Under the Mozambican Associations of the Disabled (Famod), they have met President Filipe Nyusi to seek assurance of a peaceful solutions to the current militancy perpetrated by the opposition Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo).
Famod urged the government to involve them in crucial talks aimed at averting a full scale civil war. The militancy by Renamo in six provinces the former rebel movement claims to have won but was denied victory in 2014 has left Mozambique on the brink.
Renamo is demanding autonomy of the Manica, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia Provinces where dozens have been killed.
The crisis has evoked memories of the civil war between 1977 and 1992 when over 1 million people died and thousands made amputees by landmines.
Some 5 million people were displaced in the Southern African country and to neighbouring countries.
Nyusi assured the disabled a recurrence would be avoided if rival parties and the public worked together.
“Don’t leave this mission up to Renamo leader (Alfonso) Dhlakama and your President,” said Nyusi.