A ceasefire in December 2016 ended armed clashes between the government and the former rebel group, now political party, Mozambican National Resistance, or RENAMO). Members of government security forces and RENAMO fighters responsible for killings, enforced disappearances, kidnappings, arbitrary arrests, and destruction of property enjoyed impunity for these abuses as the government failed to investigate them.  Authorities also failed to prosecute government officials implicated in a debt scandal that had led donors to freeze their contributions to the state budget.