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The flag of RENAMO (Resistëncia Nacional Moçambicana, the opposition
party / army that controls some parts of the country) is horizontal 5:7
blue over red bicolor, with a large (5/7 hoist diameter) white circle placed
at the same distance from the hoist and the top and bottom borders. On
the circle, witch has a wide white and black fimbriation five large arrows
pointing down (the middle one larger than the side ones) and in the center
a blue circle fimbriated red and white charged with an ogival 5 pointed
yellow star, charged with a smaller black circle charged itself with a
ring of 8 white sectors. The five arrows are said to be based on the colonial
Antonio Martins, 21 Sep 1997
The RENAMO insurgent movement flew (flies?) a flag of its own. It was
predominantly red and light blue with a circular device in the centre on
which were a number of red arrows.
Stuart Notholt, 29 July 1996
On TV I saw some conversations between representatives of the government
and of RENAMO. Above the table are two small flags: one of the state of
Mozambique, the other having a vertical white in the hoist third, and the
rest divided horizontally red over black (similar in arrangement to the
flag of Madagascar). Is this not the flag of RENAMO?
Jaume Ollé, 29 July 1996
I thought RENAMO used a flag similar to the flag of Madagascar but with
the black stripe in the place of the green - i.e., white vertical stripe
in hoist and two horizontal stripes in fly, red over black.
Zeljko Heimer, 29 July 1996
Has Renamo changed their flag?
Some days ago in Portuguese RTV a representative of the organization spoke with a flag in the background. The flag was not the old Renamo flag but blue over red separated with a narrow white stripe.
Jaume Ollé, 16 Sep 2000
"The Five Arrows" on the Renamo Flag: Antonio Martins has made some great contributions to this page but there is one incorrect assumption which he propagates: the arrows do not come from the "the colonial past" (ie colonial coat of arms) but from the handle of a Beretta automatic pistol (ie the logo of Beretta (see http://www.beretta.it/))
The flag was designed in Johannesburg circa 1975/6. I know because I was there - I know a lot about its history and its two flags - and why there are two flags.
At that time 75/76 a flag was needed for a fund raising campaign; under
pressure by the printers a couple of the guys sat down and came up with
the "insignia" to assemble over the red and blue. The red was for the blood
that would be shed to regain freedom and the blue for the blue of the great
African sky - as described by Jardim (the funder of the original MNR (later
Renamo) in his book.
Pedro Buccellato, 1 Dec 2002
The small letters below the logo mean "President's Cabinet", and are
not part of the logo. It is interesting to note that the colonial origin
arrows keep showing, this time reduced to three: the previous
flag had already only five, derived from the colonial
arms showing St. Sebastian's bunch of seven arrows.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 Dec 2001