Fresh focus on Mozambique as SADC meets in Maputo

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Hosia Mviringi

SADC Governments are converging in Maputo today for the official launch of the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre (SHEOC).

The centre is one of SADC’s flagship projects meant to assist member states in the event of natural disasters and other emergencies such as unforeseen political instabilities and natural disasters.

Senior Government officials will stay in Maputo for a three day consultative meeting which will culminate in an Extraordinary Summit on June 23, 2021.

The Summit is expected to among other things commemorate SADC’s 40th Anniversary, consider reports on HIV, Covid-19 , food security, gender, and development.

Importantly the Extraordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and government is expected to consider a report of the Technical team deployed to assess and make recommendations on the appropriate intervention mechanism on the security situation in the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique.

Cabo Delgado has been on the SADC agenda for the better part of this year as the region ponders on the best possible way to intervene in Mozambique to flush out terrorists who have killed hundreds of civilians and forced many out of their homes.

SADC has been measured in their response to the situation, making sure they take all possibilities into account.
Terrorists have continued to wreak havoc in this Mozambican province as they threaten to overrun government forces.

They have attacked Oil and Gas facilities in Palma district forcing the closure of the Total run complex.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will attend as a member of the Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
The SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre is a very crucial project at this juncture as Mozambique stares at the prospects of an all-out war against insurgents.

It is w expected that the regional body will be decisive this time around on how they are going to deal with the insurgency.

SADC in general and Zimbabwe in particular, takes a keen interest in the quickest restoration of peace in Mozambique as the two sister nations share a very long yet porous border which could prove a challenge when it comes to cross the border insurgency and criminal activities.

HE President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with HE Felipe Nyusi in Harare on and the two leaders agreed to continue discussing the security situation in Mozambique.

The African Union pledged its full support to the regional peace initiative in Mozambique.