Dhlakama placed under house arrest


Mozambique’s opposition party leader Afonso Dhlakama was placed under house arrest as he returned from hiding after a shoot-out that killed 23 members of his entourage last month.

Dhlakama’s home outside Beira was raided by security forces yesterday morning.

Members of his security detail were arrested and residents in surrounding areas were told to vacate the area.

A large military and police presence remained outside the house.

Dhlakama’s party, Renamo, waged a 16-year civil war against the ruling Frelimo party, which ended with a 1992 peace agreement.

Tensions have resurfaced, however, in the last few years, including in the run-up to fractious national elections last October, which Renamo lost.

The government has given no reason for the arrest, although it said last month the shoot-out on September 25 began when Dhlakama’s security detail opened fire on a civilian taxi.

Renamo disputes that, saying Dhlakama’s motorcade was ambushed.— Reuters.