Rwanda’s armed and police forces have committed to restoring peace, security and sanity as part of their mission in Cabo Delgado Province, northern Mozambique.
The commitment was made July 10, 2021 as both forces deployed the last contingent of 600 Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) and Rwanda National Police (RNP) men and women for combat in the region infested by insurgents affiliated to the al-Shabab terrorist group.
The joint force commanded by Major-General Innocent Kabandana set off in two groups Saturday to join another batch that left for Mozambique Friday evening.
Based on the good bilateral relations between Rwanda and Mozambique, the government of Rwanda on Friday announced the deployment of a 1,000-person contingent of RDF and RNP to Cabo Delgado.
The Joint Force will work closely with Mozambique Armed Defence Forces (FADM) and forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to uproot the insurgents. The Rwandan forces will also support efforts to restore Mozambican state authority by conducting combat and security operations, as well as stabilisation and security-sector reform.
With an understanding of the risks that come with the deployment which will involve combat action between the forces and insurgents, Rwandan officials said they are ready for the job.
“We are ready for this exceptional mission which has no timeline and we will only bring back our forces home when the job is done,” said RDF spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Rwivanga.
Rwanda Police, which has about 300 officers on board, said that the mission was a crucial one and the forces were prepared to deliver training to Mozambique police and restore security and order.
“We will be conducting anti- terrorism operation as well as protecting civilians, so as to restore peace and security. We will also help in training the police capacity in terms of internal security and restoring order in the country,” said Jean Bosco Kabera, RNP spokesperson.This mission to Mozambique is the first one Rwanda has been involved in South of the Sahara, and is rooted in the government’s commitment to the responsibility to protect doctrine and the 2015 Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. – KT Press