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Countdown for Renamo’s former guerrillas

A 23 September deadline looms for Renamo’s former guerrillas to register to receive their pensions

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

Good afternoon. Time is apparently running out for Renamo’s former guerrillas to register to receive their pensions, with just 10 days left to meet a deadline, deputy justice minister Filimao Suaze, acting as government spokesman, said yesterday.

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He did not say how many former guerrillas are still unaccounted for. But a fortnight ago, President Filipe Nyusi said that only 277 former Renamo guerrillas had submitted documentation, out of around 5,000 demobilised.

Getting the paperwork in order to actually be able to receive these long-awaited pensions is no mean feat for veterans of the civil war, many of whom have never even had a bank account. And it appears that many, perhaps the vast majority, have not managed to do so.

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