- Opposition has accused members of the ruling party of intimidation and violence as official campaign kicked off in Mozambique for the general and provincial elections, scheduled for 28 October.
The opposition Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) in the southern province of Gaza, alleged that yesterday morning a group of youths, aallegedly consisting of supporters of the ruling Frelimo Party, attacked and looted its office.
Reports quoted one of the MDM's leaders, Ismael Mussa, saying his party's flag was torn down at the office in Bairro Dois, while a similar group returned later breaking windows in the building and party propaganda material and other items were taken.
At least three members of the party were also reported to have been injured during the attacks.
Campaigning officially kicked off on Sunday for the fourth democratic elections in Mozambique, where president Armando Guebuza of the ruling Frelimo party is seeking a second term. He will be challenged by Afonso Dhlakama, the long-time leader of the opposition Renamo, and Daviz Simango, mayor of Beira city and founder of a breakaway opposition group.
Seventeen parties and two coalitions will be contesting for seats in 28 October elections.
Mr Guebuza and his ruling Frelimo party are set to win and continue the ruling party's hold on power since independence from Portugal in 1975.
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