SADC assures Mozambique

by | May 28, 2021 | International, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

Southern African leaders have committed to find a sustainable solution to the ongoing Mozambican security crisis, which has seen insurgents run riot in the country`s northern provinces.

The SADC double troika met in Maputo yesterday to review progress made since the last summit held on April 8, this year.
The April summit saw the region deploying a technical assessment team to make sense of the needs Mozambique have, which will inform a response.

In a Communique at the end of the Double Troika Summit yesterday, SADC reaffirmed its commitment to finding a lasting solution to the terrorist crisis in Mozambique, with a promise that an appropriate regional response will soon be fashioned out.

“Summit received a report of the Chairperson of the Organ on the security situation in Cabo Delgado Province, Northern part of Mozambique, and reaffirmed its solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique, and its continued efforts in addressing terrorism and ensuring lasting peace and security in Mozambique, which is also a threat to the SADC region,” said SADC in a communique.

“While the SADC region remains stable and generally peaceful, terrorism continues to be a serious threat that requires urgent, concrete and decisive attention,” said SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax in remarks at this week`s SADC Double Troika Summit.
Another SADC Extraordinary Summit has been slotted for June 20, 2021 to be hosted by the Republic of Mozambique, in Maputo.
“Summit noted the progress in finding a lasting solution to terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado Province and considered the proposed regional response in support of the Republic of Mozambique.

Summit agreed to convene an Extraordinary Summit by June 20, 2021to be held in the Republic of Mozambique,” noted the SADC Secretariat in a Summit Communique.

In remarks upon his return home last night, Chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Botswana President Dr Mogkweetsi Masisi acknowledged the hard work done to date to find appropriate lasting solutions to the Mozambique crisis.
President Masisi lauded the Extraordinary SADC Organ Troika Summit as a success following its resolve to help Mozambique.
“SADC is now in a better position to determine the kind of coordination and deployment necessary to stop the terrorists in their tracks, before they gain a foothold in the entire region,” said President Masisi.

He further stated and acknowledged that assistance to Mozambique has to be broad-based to include and be complemented by such humanitarian imperatives as provision of basic services like shelter, health facilities, food and water to the affected communities.

To that end the Summit considered and approved plans for the establishment of the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operation Centre (SHOC) which is envisaged to enhance regional capabilities in dealing with risk and disasters. Mozambique proudly committed to hosting centre.
In attendance at the Summit was HE President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr Mogkweetsi Masisi as Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, HE President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa as outgoing Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, HE President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi as Chairperson of SADC and host.

Also in attendance were Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa as incoming Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, Lazarus Chakwera, the incoming SADC Chairperson, Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi of the Revolutionary Republic of Zanzibar, who represented the President of the Republic of Tanzania, HE Samia Suluhu, and the outgoing Chairperson of SADC.