SADC meets to review Mozambique progress

by | Jan 11, 2022 | International, Politics | 0 comments


Hosia Mviringi

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is currently meeting in Lilongwe Malawi to review progress on the block`s intervention in Mozambique.

SADC leaders have been meeting regularly since mid-2021 when a decision was reached for military intervention to help the Southern African country decisively deal with a menacing armed insurgency in the Cabo Delgado region.

“The Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held on January 11-12, 2022 will review progress on the Southern African Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) which was deployed to support Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism,” said the SADC Secretariat in a statement.

The Summit will be chaired by Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera in his capacity as Chairperson of SADC.

The Extraordinary Summit will be preceded by a session of the SADC Troika Organ on Politics, Defence and Security cooperation which will be chaired by President of the Republic of South Africa H.E Cyril Ramaphosa.

Other members of the Troika are Botswana, Namibia plus the Republic of Mozambique.

The Troika session is expected to produce a report which will be presented to the Summit with a view to inform decisions and direction to be taken and adopted by the block in relation to the overall policy direction.

According to the SADC Treaty, the Summit is the sole organ charged with the policy direction and functions of the block, ultimately making it the decision and policy-making institution of SADC.

The Extraordinary Council of Ministers and the Extraordinary Troika Summit plus the Personnel Contributing Countries (PCC’s) are currently locked in a series of meetings, while the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government meets tomorrow January 12, 2022.

The extraordinary threat occasioned by the violent insurgency in Mozambique has seen the Southern African block hosting these Extraordinary Summits as part of periodic monitoring, evaluation and review mechanisms so that appropriate interventions can be tailored accordingly.

The Southern African Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) derives its mandate from the decision of the SADC Summit of June 23, 2021 at Maputo, which resolved to deploy the SADC Standby Force Rapid Deployment Capability for an initial period of three months.

Since then, necessity driven extensions have been authorised by subsequent Extraordinary review Summits.