Mozambique’s political stability high on SADC Troika summit agenda

By ZBC Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa this Tuesday joined other regional leaders in a virtual Extra-Ordinary Summit of the SADC Troika with political stability in Mozambique and the entire SADC region high on the agenda.

He was joined by the Presidents of South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Kingdom of Lesotho, while Tanzania and Zambia were represented at the Ministerial level.

Briefing the media after the meeting in Harare this Tuesday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador Fredrick Shava noted that the summit received a report on the progress of the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) and recommendations on the way forward.

“The meeting also discussed associated budgetary issues for the 2022/2023 financial year. The Heads of State and Government noted the progress of SAMIM, commending its leadership and appreciating the sacrifices and commitment made by troops in the fight against terrorism in the Cabo Delgado region. The meeting also commended personnel contributing countries for their support while urging the SADC Member States to continue fulfilling pledges made to enhance the effectiveness of the mission.

“The Heads of State and Government underlined the importance of socio-economic recovery and the development of the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique to enhance stability. To this end, the Summit directed the SADC Mission in Mozambique to continue working closely with the Mozambican government on the comprehensive Integrated Reconstruction and Development Plan of Cabo Delgado,” he said.

Humanitarian assistance from Zimbabwe and Malawi to Mozambique was also acknowledged during the meeting.

“Zimbabwe and Malawi’s humanitarian assistance to the affected population of Mozambique was acknowledged by the Heads of State and Government. Zimbabwe donated 1 000 metric tons of grain in March, while Malawi delivered 30 tons of beans on the 6th of April,” he added.

The Summit also approved the 2022 – 2023 budget for the mission.