Mozambique pleads South Africa for help fighting terrorist group
MOZAMBIQUE has approached South Africa seeking air and naval military support to stop food supplies reaching the Islamist insurgency which is threatening to overrun government forces in the northern eastern resource-rich parts of the country.
More than two years after the start of an Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique, security forces are still struggling to curb the growing violence that has killed hundreds of civilians and forced thousands of others to flee their homes.
The surge prompted the troika of SADC’s organ on politics to urgently meet in Harare, Zimbabwe, this week to discuss the situation in the Cabo Delgado region.
International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor says Mozambique has officially requested support from South Africa.
The request by Mozambique comes as thebSouthern African Development Community (SADC) leaders met in Harare on Tuesday 19 May, where they discussed the growing threat to the region of the Islamist insurgency.
The Summit was convened by President Mnangagwa in his capacity as the chairperson of the Sadc Troika and was attended by Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu, Botswana’s leader Mokgweetsi Masisi, who are both members of the Troika, and their Mozambican counterpart, Filipe Nyusi, who briefed the meeting of the situation in his country.
In a communique after an Extra-Ordinary Summit, the leaders said Sadc condemned the armed terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage carried out in Cabo Delgado province as contained in the Sadc Declaration on Terrorism and the AU Convention on the Prevention and Combatting Terrorism.
“The Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit plus Mozambique urged Sadc Member States to support the Government of Mozambique in fighting the terrorists and armed groups in some districts of Cabo Delgado,” reads part of the communique.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Sibusiso Busi Moyo read the communique.
President Mnangagwa said as the Chairman of the Sadc Troika, he was concerned by the situation in Cabo Delgado and parts of Manica and Sofala provinces and had decided to convene the meeting after his meeting with President Nyusi in Mozambique last month.
“The possible impact that these developments have on the peace and security of the people of Mozambique and the entire region are indeed dire.”