President Mnangagwa arrives in Maputo for key Mozambique meeting

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

Hosia Mviringi

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has arrived in Maputo, Mozambique, for an urgent SADC Extraordinary Double Troika Summit on Mozambique.
The Summit will be a culmination of an Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit which takes place today, and a marathon of supporting Technical meetings which took place yesterday.

The SADC Double Troika comprises of the SADC Troika member states namely the Republic of Mozambique as Current Chair of SADC; the Republic of Malawi as Incoming Chair; the United Republic of Tanzania as Outgoing Chair, while the Organ Troika member states comprise of the Republic of Botswana as Current Chair; the Republic of Zimbabwe as Outgoing Chair; and the Republic of South Africa as Incoming Chair.

President Mnangagwa, as immediate former Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, joins President Mogkweetsi Eric Masisi of Botswana, as Chair of the Organ, and President Cyril Ramaphosa who is the incoming Chair of the Organ.

The Double Troika is on an urgent consultative meeting with President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique, on the best possible intervention by the SADC block to decisively deal with an insurgency in and around Cabo Delgado coastal Province of Mozambique, to restore peace and stability, both in the coastal nation, SADC region, and Africa at large, without escalating the already inflammatory situation.

On the 31st of March 2021, President Masisi, as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, met President Mnangagwa in Harare and views were formed that will result in some intervention effort in Mozambique.

Mozambique shares a border with Zimbabwe and the Beira corridor is one of the most important trading regions for Zimbabwe and many other countries in SADC who stand to suffer irreparable economic damage if the corridor is attacked and destabilised.

“As Chair of the Organ ( on Politics, Defence, and Security), and President Mnangagwa as outgoing Chair, and therefore a member of the Troika, and President Ramaphosa as the incoming Chair, and therefore a member of the Organ, I have conferred with President Ramaphosa, and I have reported the contents of my discussion with President Ramaphosa, and we have formed views as a Troika, and one of them will result in taking this further so that as SADC we respond helpfully, to ensure that we assure the integrity and sovereignty of one of our own. Never to be assaulted by dissident, rebellious, and non-state actor forces that undermine the democratic credentials and peace within the region,” said President Masisi in an address to the media.

“…the attacks in Mozambique are an affront to peace and security, not only in Mozambique but also in the region and the international community as a whole,” said President Masisi reacting to recent attacks on the town of Palma in Mozambique.

The African Union has pledged its full support to any appropriate regional action by the SADC block to deal decisively with the menace.
The SADC Summit is the ultimate decision-making institution of SADC which is managed on a Troika system that has the current SADC Chairperson, the Immediate former Chairperson and the Incoming Chairperson.

The SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation is the body whose overall mandate is to promote Peace and Security in the region by Article 2 of the SADC Protocol of Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

A communique with key outcomes of the Extraordinary Double Troika Summit will be issued at the end of the engagements.