Centrist Democrat International (IDC-CDI) and the members of its Executive Committee, following the sudden death of the president of the RENAMO party, Afonso Dhlakama, wish to extend its sincerest condolences to his family, friends and party members for their irreparable loss.
Afonso Dhlakama was vice-president of the IDC-CDI for many years, representing not only his party at the international level, but also Mozambique and Africa.
He was a person of great virtue, simple and friendly, of whom we harbour unforgettable memories. He was a great friend.
He was a leader whose sights were always set on the struggle for and the defence of democracy, as he demonstrated throughout his political life.
His final challenge was to achieve a definitive peace for Mozambique, through his personal conversations with President Nyusi. For both leaders reaching a definitive agreement was a top priority, and the talks were progressing very well. Now a new stage begins in which everyone must respect his memory and continue talks to secure the peace for which he worked and sacrificed during his final years.