The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«January 1988»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


95. Nhanala Base Captured; Dozens killed in Bus and Train Ambushes

Goods recovered at Nhanala base, December 1987

Above: Some of the goods taken by Renamo from local populations and recovered during the occupation of Nhanala Base in Gaza by the FPLM in late Deecember 1987

Late in December 1987 the Mozambican army captured a Renamo base at Nhanala, in Gaza, an event that received extensive press coverage in January 1988.

The London newsletter Africa Confidential (not to be confused with the Lisbon-based África Confidencial ─ note the spelling differences) reported what it called "bizarre stories" about the deaths in Malawi of the Renamo figuras João Ataíde and Manuel Lopes, which it attributed to an ongoing "internal struggle" within Renamo.

In serious rebel attacks during the month, 22 people died on a crowded train near Tenga, and 70 people were killed in a rebel attack on Guijá, in Gaza.

Manuel Frank, a Renamo leader living in Portugal, gave an extensive interview to the ultra-right newspaper O Diabo, in which he declared that Renamo "would fight for freedom as long as is necessary".


Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the conflict between the Mozambican government and the MNR/Renamo in January 1988.

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