Defining Opposition: An Interview with Afonso Dhlakama of RENAMO


Afonso Dhlakama has run in all four multiparty presidential elections in Mozambique. Before that, he led a guerrilla resistance known as RENAMO in a brutal civil war. He is a household name in Mozambique, and he represents over 30 years of opposition to the ruling party of FRELIMO. This transcript is from an interview conducted with Mr. Dhlakama immediately following the 2009 elections. Much of the focus on Mozambican democracy has been on the electoral and economic success of FRELIMO. Nevertheless, RENAMO has played an integral role as the opposition. The future of this role is uncertain, and Mr. Dhlakama and RENAMO are at their weakest point since the civil war ended in 1992.

Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies
Cameron Wimpy
Cameron Wimpy
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science

My research interests include political methodology, political economy, political violence, and public policy.