it's miles a message as a way to shake Mozambique's politics. "We, the military junta of RENAMO, will save you the elections scheduled for October until the government renegotiates the peace treaty with us. We do now not renowned the these days signed peace treaty.

. An election will not take place. Anybody who makes requires elections have to understand: we can kill him," said preferred Mariano Nhongo, chief of the armed wing of RENAMO, in a smartphone interview with DW.

Who speaks on behalf of RENAMO?

widespread Nhongo claims he commands more than 500 armed men, dispersed at 11 extraordinary bases during the country. He'll by no means take delivery of the authority of Momade, he says at the smartphone from his base within the remote Gorongosa Mountains in the province of Sofala.

"The government need to now not negotiate with Momade, but talk immediately with us, the RENAMO military junta, otherwise there could be war," Nhongo stated.

historic peace treaty?

The problem for Nhongo's phase is the August peace treaty signed among President Nyusi and Momade, which blanketed a pompous rite with numerous worldwide visitors. Within the settlement, both events are required to chorus from hostilities or military moves. RENAMO committed itself to disarmament and demilitarization. In return, its rise up opponents are to be regularly included into the Mozambican police and the navy structures.

on the signing rite, RENAMO chairman Momade announced this turned into viable. "we're ultimately announcing goodbye to violence and warfare," he stated.

He said that the peace treaty turned into the foundation for lasting peace in Mozambique. Detlev Wolter, Germany's ambassador, who changed into additionally gift on the ceremony, stated it turned into a "historical day" with the intention to in the end carry Mozambique "peace and balance."

The long shadow of the cold conflict

After Mozambique's independence in 1975, the previous rebellion motion repeatedly clashed with the ruling FRELIMO in a bloody battle.

The contemporary peace treaty signed in August changed into meant to settle the struggle for excellent. But the settlement changed into constructed on sand. At the eve of the signing, two human beings were seriously injured in an attack on a truck in Sofala province. Nhongo's "Junta Militar da RENAMO" was blamed for the attack. He, however, rejects any obligation for the assault.

RENAMO combatants had been speculated to have vacated their navy bases on August 21 and surrendered their weapons. However the rebels disregarded the cut-off date.

Peace on the edge

What went incorrect? Has the legitimate RENAMO leadership lost manipulate of their armed wing? RENAMO spokesman José Manteigas confirms Momade's authority to DW.

"RENAMO is an formally registered political birthday celebration and is represented by means of its chairman Ossufo Momade, who this 12 months became elected via a tremendous majority at a valid congress," Manteigas said.

Manteigas thinks the modern-day war can most effective be solved "in the RENAMO own family". He admits the implementation of the peace settlement is a complicated process, however failure to meet the time limits could be disappointing. It's miles all of the extra critical, he argues, that the authorities affords all of the price range earmarked for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of RENAMO opponents.

Election date in danger

but time is strolling out. Mozambique's presidential and parliamentary elections are because of be held on October 15. The election campaign is scheduled for the beginning of September. The inner squabble within RENAMO is causing lack of confidence and fear. Will elections take vicinity?

there is growing skepticism, specially amongst younger Mozambicans underneath the age of 25, who shape about 65 percent of the populace. Inside the capital, Maputo, young adults protested on the weekend thru urban road art against a resurgence of violence. One of the demonstrators told DW that he felt he were taken as a hostage by the antique events.

In parliament, there may be additionally growing resistance the two arch rivaling parties. The MP of the MDM (Democratic motion of Mozambique), José Manuel de Sousa, recommended in parliament that the elections could cause violence: "The situations for non violent elections are presently not to be had."

RENAMO and FRELIMO might again show their inability to create the conditions for real peace, de Sousa said.

Amós Zacarias in Maputo contributed to this file.