Good afternoon. As public concern increases over the evidence of widespread fraud and wrongdoing in last week’s local elections, in the background the main political forces are divided by their internal conflicts on how to handle the final outcome of the election results. In this, the courts are in the centre of the battle.
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As we reported yesterday, Ossufo Momade, leader of main opposition party Renamo, is under pressure from his candidates who claim they won the elections in the four most important urban cities in Mozambique — Maputo, Matola, Quelimane and Nampula — as well as the municipalities of Nacala, Angoche, Mozambique Island, Chiure, Cuamba, Moatize, Vilanculo and Marracuene.
Momade’s announcement on Sunday that Renamo would not go back to its warlike past, but would hold demonstrations in 48 hours’ time (which at the time of writing are ongoing) was based on a plan to go through the official channels and demand answers to the party’s complaints of malpractice. It came as lieutenants like Venâncio Mondale were threatening to tear apart the headquarters of the state electoral bodies.