Southern Africa Bloc SADC Extends Mozambique Mission
Regional body says progress made against rebels in Cabo Delgado province since troops deployed last year.
Southern African regional bloc SADC at a summit has also extended the mandate of a troop deployment in Mozambique to also help the country fight an armed uprising, a communique from the summit showed. The Summit noted the good progress also made since the deployment of the SADC Mission in the Mozambique
and extended its mandate, communique on Wednesday read, without saying how long the extension was for. SADC nations and Rwanda resolved last June to send more than 3,000 troops to help Mozambique respond to an armed uprising in the northern province of the Cabo Delgado. On Tuesday, South African President Cyril
Ramaphosa, who is chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, said that the deployment of the SADC Mission in the Mozambique SAMIM was also showing some results. Since deployment significant progress has been made, said Ramaphosa in opening remarks at the two
day talks in the Malawian capital, Lilongwe. The security situation in Cabo Delgado is improving, which has also allowed for some internally displaced persons to return to their homes and resume their normal lives, he said. Operating alongside Mozambican troops, regional forces have helped to create safe passage for bringing humanitarian aid into violence-hit areas, he said. The
mission was initially deployed in July, but its mandate was extended indefinitely in October. Cabo Delgado, a gas-rich province bordering Tanzania, has been hit by attacks since 2017. At least 3,500 people have died and approximately 820,000 have all also fled their homes. Atrocities have included massacres, beheadings, the torching of homes, and mass abductions particularly of girls.