Mozambique's main opposition Renamo
party is expressing worry that the activities of the government will undermine
the credibility of general elections scheduled for October 28.
This comes after
official campaigning began Sunday in the country's fourth election since
gaining independence in 1975.
is accusing the ruling Frelimo party of plotting to rig the election to thwart
the change that Mozambicans are yearning for.
But Frelimo dismisses the
accusations as worthless and without merit. Political observers believe that
incumbent President Armando Guebuza is assured of victory in his re-election
Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama said that his party
will only accept the results of the vote if it is free and fair.
of Mozambique are supporting us and they need change. We know that government
that we have in Mozambique has been in power since 1975…People are tired,
corruption, bad government… no jobs for young people," Dhlakama said.
said Renamo has the best policies for the country.
think that in terms of our program we can send a direct message for the people
of Mozambique (because) they support us," he said.
accuses the government of using its incumbency to win the election.
problems in Africa, in particular Mozambique, are fraud, government will try to
cheat… like what happened in Zimbabwe; is the same that can be in Mozambique,"
described as a sham, President Armando Guebuza's previous electoral victory.
is like publicity. He is lobbying votes (and) anybody knows. Observers from the
international community, they saw (what happened). Even SADC (Southern African
Development Community) regional organization they were here in 2004… they wrote
about what happened," he said.
said previous elections have not been transparent.
the war ended in Mozambique we have not had (any) election that was free and
fair," Dhlakama said.
said the government makes it impossible for the opposition to win Mozambican
know the problem in Africa. Anytime we had elections in Mozambique, all institutions
of state they were forcing us to be on the side of government," he said.
said the opposition's calls for electoral reforms have often been dismissed by
the ruling party.
already reported even now before the elections for this year. (We said) it was
necessary to do reform about the electoral law, but the government used the
majority that they have in parliament (and) they rejected it," Dhlakama said.
accused President Armando Guebuza of acting like royalty in a democracy.
president is like a king here… the president is like a royal," he said.
faults the international community for not intervening to ensure elections in
Mozambique are free and fair.
ruling Frelimo party has been in government since Mozambique gained
independence from Portugal in 1975.