Mozambique’s armed forces will continue a campaign to disarm forces loyal to the main opposition party “until we have removed the last nest” of fighters, Interior Minister Jaime Monteiro was quoted by newspaper O Pais as saying.
Government forces clashed within the last 10 days with Mozambique National Resistance, or Renamo, fighters near the town of Vanduzi and in Morrumbala district in the center of the country, Monteiro said, according to O Pais.
Tensions between the government and Renamo have risen in recent weeks after two attacks in September on convoys transporting Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama along a highway in the central province of Manica. The government has denied its forces were behind the incidents. Jorge Khalau, national chief of police, has said the government intends to disarm Renamo by force.
Mozambique wants to attract investments to exploit huge gas finds in the offshore northern Rovuma basin that could help turn the country into the world’s third-biggest liquefied natural gas exporter in a decade. With the global oil sector suffering a downturn, Mozambique is awaiting final investment decisions from companies on the gas development plans.