JUST IN: Immediate technical deployment for Mozambique

by | Apr 8, 2021 | International, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

The Extraordinary Double Troika of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) which was held today in the Mozambican capital Maputo, has resolved to immediately constitute a technical deployment to the country’s conflict zone of Cabo Delgado.

The technical deployment will be tasked with producing a needs assessment report, which should be presented to the SADC Extraordinary meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ of Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation by April 28 2021 for forward reporting to the SADC Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit to be held on April 29 2021.
SADC, through the Double Troika Summit, assured the government, people of Mozambique, and the region that a proportionate regional response will be meted out on the perpetrators of a violent insurgency in the Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique.

“Double Troika Summit received a report from the Organ Troika on the security situation in Mozambique, and noted with concern, the acts of terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians, women and children in some of the districts of Cabo Delgado Province of the Republic of Mozambique; condemned the terrorist attacks in strongest terms; and affirmed that such heinous attacks cannot be allowed to continue without a proportionate regional response,” said the SADC Secretariat in a communique.

The SADC Double Troika Summit, which was attended by the Presidents Dr Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Mogkweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Dr Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, Dr Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique and H.E Hussein Ali Mwinyi, a representative of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, expressed heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the government and people of the Republic of Mozambique, especially the bereaved families, on the sad loss of their loved ones.

SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax attended the Extraordinary Double Troika Summit in Maputo which tentatively set the next Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit for April 29 2021.

The Southern African Development Community in recent weeks has been treating the Mozambican situation with urgency.

The end of April 2021 has been slotted for a review of progress and a final decision on the way forward to decisively deal with the terrorist menace which threatens the whole sub-Saharan regionn if left unchecked.

There is a refreshing consensus that terrorist activity in the Cabo Delgado region has to be defeated at any cost before it spreads to neighbouring countries, and that indeed Mozambique needs the help to achieve that to restore peace and security in the country.

In the absence of enduring peace and security, regional economies stand to suffer immensely due to disruptions in trade, tourism, and international investor confidence.