Johannesburg – Liberation movements from across the SADC region have urged leaders in the region to protect Africa’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by urgently dealing with the instability in Mozambique.
The African National Congress of South Africa said the decision taken by SADC to extend technical assistance to Mozambique as a precursor to a possible military deployment was welcome.
“We are hopeful and confident as the ANC that the resolutions made by the SADC Troika will bring this madness to an end. We spent many years in the bushes fighting the colonial masters and remember Mozambique played a very crucial role in assisting most neighbours during wars of liberation. Hence this issue has been taken as a problem for us all,” said party spokesperson Cde Pule Mabe.
The spokesperson of Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF, Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo told The Southern Times that what was happening in Mozambique was a threat to regional peace and stability.
“SADC is one family. An attack on one member state is an attack on all. Indeed such terrorist attacks are a threat to the entire region. The region must unite and be strong to protect the gains of our respective freedoms and independence,” he said.
Ambassador Moyo added that as a liberation movement, Zanu-PF was committed to assisting the people of Mozambique in any way possible.
He pointed out that Frelimo of Mozambique had played a crucial role in Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle and the ties between the two were undying.
“The key should be unity, peace and stability in all SADC member states. We should strengthen the SADC military brigade and ensure its swift response to any attack on a member State. We should not depend on outside assistance which must only be complementary.
“SADC has indeed resolved to assist Mozambique following this terrorist attack in Cabo Delgado. Details of this technical assistance to Mozambique need not be made public. Operations of this kind are always a secret. The victory of Mozambique is a victory to SADC. United we stand divided we fall. Victory is certain,” Ambassador Moyo said.
An official from Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi said the same solidarity displayed by liberation movements when fighting colonialism should be used to confront terrorism today.
“We were united as movements that were fighting white colonial rule a few decades ago hence the enemy of today should also know that united we still remain against any threat to the gains of what we went into the bushes to fight for.
“All of us – CCM, ANC, SWAPO, Frelimo, Zanu-PF, Zambia and others from beyond SADC – we will not tolerate disturbances to a fellow African state. We so much cherish our sovereignty and stability. We have faith in the SADC leadership and like what Cde (Mokgweetsi) Masisi of Botswana did recently to spearhead the move towards addressing the matter; I believe all is in control with our leaders working together.
“All the comrades who have slept, they are turning in their graves as they hear that the guns have started to kill innocent children again. I talk of Cde Samora Machel, Cde Robert Mugabe, Cde Nelson Mandela, Cde (Julius) Nyerere and others. Living heroes including Cde (Kenneth) Kaunda, Cde (Sam) Nujoma and Cde (Joaquim) Chissano should have their voices added into this. They were there in the trenches of the struggle and the wisdom that comes with that is needed,” she said.
The spokesperson of the Zimbabwe-Mozambique Friendship Association, Cde Dave Popatlal, added that a stop must be put to the terror in Mozambique.