Maputo — Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has called an Extraordinary Summit of the bloc’s Double Troika this week to discuss terrorism in Cabo Delgado.
President Nyusi announced this during his speech May 22 at the opening session of a meeting of the Central Committee of Mozambique’s ruling Frelimo Party, in the southern city of Matola.
“For next week, I have taken the initiative of calling another extraordinary summit of the Double Troika at which the central theme will be the security situation in Mozambique”, said President Nyusi.
The calling of the Summit, he added, contradicts those who argue that Mozambique does not need outside support to combat the terrorism which has plaguing districts in central and northern Cabo Delgado since October 2017.
A Summit of the SADC Defence and Security troika that was to be held in Maputo in late April had to be postponed for lack of a quorum. Troika Chairperson, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi, could not attend because he was in quarantine following contact with somebody who tested positive for COVID-19. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was also unavailable because he had to attend the Commission of Inquiry into accusations of state capture and corruption under the regime of his predecessor, Mr Jacob Zuma.
The only member of the Troika who was available for the April Summit was Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The summit should have discussed a report from a SADC technical commission on the nature of the terrorist threat in Cabo Delgado, and the type of support from SADC that Mozambique required. According to South African media reports, the commission’s recommendations include that a regional rapid response force – almost 3,000 strong – be deployed to Cabo Delgado immediately.
President Nyusi told the members of the Central Committee that terrorism was a global phenomenon and no country should consider itself immune, or imagine that it could fight it on its own.
The murderous activities of the terrorists should oblige all citizens to redouble patriotic efforts in support of the victims, he added.
Turning to the attacks in the central provinces of Manica and Sofala waged by dissident Renamo militias, President Nyusi repeated his appeal to them to abandon violence and join the current demobilisation drive and reintegration into Mozambican society without any pre-conditions.According to Renamo’s own figures, there are 5,221 former fighters who should be demobilised. President Nyusi said that to date 2,307 of them (44 percent) had been demobilised and disarmed. Ten Renamo military bases have been dismantled, and nine have been completely closed. – AIM