Preserving Peace in Mozambique

Start by Reining in Corruption

Fishing boats sit beneath the skyline of Mozambique's capital city of Maputo, April 2016.  Grant Neuenburg / REUTERS

When the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) officially ended in 1994, it was widely considered a peacekeeping success story. After two years in operation, it had brought to an end a long-running and vicious civil war and guided Mozambique through its first democratic elections.

Over 20 years later, the country suffers from a low-grade version of that earlier conflict. A number of officials from the former rebel movement the Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) have been assassinated, presumably by government agents. In response, RENAMO has carried out attacks on highways and rail lines that have caused multiple casualties. Major scandals involving corruption and drug smuggling implicate senior officials in a government that has been completely dominated by one political party, the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO), since independence was obtained in 1975. 

There is no shortage of individuals and institutions to blame for Mozambique’s situation, but one thing is clear: if it continues

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