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Rebellion in the air

Despite attempts to shut down dissent, there is a risk of the post-election crisis blowing up again when the Constitutional Council makes its final pronouncement

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

Good afternoon. While anxiety mounts waiting for the Constitutional Council verdict on the last municipal elections, selective pressure and harassment is being exerted on multiple actors who are seen by the powers of the day as dissenting voices. One of the latest victims is the DJ Elidio Vilanculos, also known by his nom de guerre, DJ Adric. His crime was to play “trufafá, trufafá”, the Renamo hit song at a party celebrating the anniversary of Macia, a town in Gaza province, in Frelimo’s heartland. An excited crowd chanted “Renamo, Renamo” to the chant which asked “who is going to win?” Local authorities, clearly upset, interrupted the party and ordered DJ Adric to be sent to the local police station. Later, the local police head explained the arrest as “for his own protection”.

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