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Frelimo’s big guns point inward

Comments made by Graça Machel signal that Frelimo's infighting is just getting started

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo credit: Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Many have foreseen serious internal conflict in Mozambique’s ruling party, Frelimo; it seems now to be coming to pass. After her step-son Samito’s intervention last week, today it is the turn of the great dame of Mozambican politics, Graça Machel, to go public with a condemnation of the current direction and leadership of Frelimo.

Similarly to Samito, Graça says the party has been “captured” by a small fraction of its members who have diverted it from its raison d’etre, and who have agendas contrary to the reasons for which most Frelimo members joined the party.

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In an open letter, published by Carta de Moçambique among others, she concludes by encouraging Frelimo to accept its defeats as well as its victories, an apparent reference to the strongly contested claim that Frelimo won 64 out of 65 municipalities in elections last month.

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