Mozambique to hold official funeral for ex-rebel leader

Mozambique will hold an official funeral for Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the main opposition party, and the ex-rebel Renamo movement.

The decision was made by the cabinet of the Mozambique government at the weekend.

"Under the spirit of peace, harmony and reconciliation, the Council of Ministers urges all Mozambicans to keep calm and serene. The Council of Ministers sends its deep-felt condolences
to Renamo and to the bereaved family," said spokesperson for the council of ministers Ana Comoana.

The funeral ceremony will take place in Beira on Wednesday and he will be buried over 300 km (186 miles) away, in his home vilage Mangunde, in the Chibabava district, on Thursday.

Mr Dhlakama led Renamo during a 15-year rebellion against the Mozambican government and was accused of mass killings,mutilations and the use of child soldiers.

After the end of the civil war, Renamo became Mozambique's main opposition party.

He died on Thursday of a heart attack aged 65.


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