By J. Cabrita
Mozambique's civil conflict used to be inevitable given the culture of clash that had constantly characterised Frelimo, first as an independence circulation, after which as a ruling celebration. with out brushing aside the function performed via either Rhodesia and South Africa within the war—in truth delivering new and targeted information regarding it—Jo?o Cabrita publications the reader via Frelimo's early days and offers a transparent figuring out of the trend of inner dissent, persecution and actual removal of contributors and competitors that remained the organization's hallmark.
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These had to be organized by the Ghanaian High Commission in Dar es Salaam. It was not only the Tanzanian government that had grown distrustful of Nkrumah. Marcelino dos Santos was not at all impressed with Nkrumah for regarding him as not truly representative of the black people of Mozambique since he was a mulatto. To prevent a worsening of relations Page 9 with Tanzania, and bearing in mind the strategic importance of that country for the attainment of Mozambique's independence, Marcelino dos Santos advised his fellow leaders to merge with MANU.
The Armed Forces support for the regime which stemmed from the 1926 coup was unquestionable, save the occasional signs of dissatisfaction, which the loyalists suppressed. The situation changed when the Portuguese government, faced with a war in three of its African colonies, called upon the Armed Forces to play a more active role in the defense of what the regime saw as a ‘multicontinental nation’, stretching from Minho in northern Portugal, to Timor in Asia. Rather than being confined to barracks or used in extraneous governmental tasks, the Armed Forces were suddenly faced with a new reality altogether.
On 25 June 1975, the colony became the People's Republic of Mozambique. No provisions were made for elections. 3 For several months, the two organizations of exiled Mozambicans had been holding unity talks in their Tanzania base. A third organization, the União Nacional Democrática de Moçambique Independente (Unami), joined before Frelimo's official debut in Dar es Salaam in June 1962. It was more a marriage of convenience imposed on the Mozambicans than a genuine united front against Portuguese colonialism, ultimately contributing to divisions within the colony's independence movement.