THE SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ (MCO) on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation this Wednesday recommended to the summit that Mozambique gets the assistance it requires.
This follows the submission of the report by service chiefs and security services to the Extraordinary SADC Organ Troika on their intended response aimed at quelling the insurgency in Mozambique which was scrutinised by security sector ministers yesterday.
The drawing up of the elaborate response plan comes on the back of the service chiefs having been directed by SADC to execute a regional response to the insurrectionists whose activities are now viewed as a threat to regional peace and stability.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ambassador Frederick Shava gave a summation of their meeting.
“The MCO noted that the security situation in Cabo Delgado is reportedly volatile. In that regard, the Ministers called for concerted efforts to address this security situation in the region.
“The Ministers recommended to summit that SADC provides the required assistance to Mozambique to enable it to address the situation in Cabo Delgado,” said Minister Shava.
“Regrettably the extra-ordinary troika summit plus Mozambique that was scheduled for the 29th of April 2021 (today) was postponed to a later date due to the unavailability of the chairperson, His Excellency President Masisi of Botswana who could not attend because of the balance of caution that he has to go to quarantine. We will be advised on the new dates of the summit.”
Minister Shava was accompanied by Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Minister of State for National Security Owen Ncube, Commander Defence Forces, General Phillip Valerio Sibanda, service chiefs and other senior Government officials.