Southern African bloc extends Mozambique troop deployment

By Josephine Mugiyo Diplomatic Correspondent
THE SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government has ended in Malawi, with member states agreeing to extend the regional mission in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado which is grappling with insurgency.
For two days, heads of state from personnel contributing countries have been gathering in Malawi reviewing progress on the operations being carried out to fight terrorism in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.
After the deliberations, leaders agreed to extend the SADC mission in Mozambique, given that some areas are still facing attacks.
Officially closing the summit, the SADC chairperson Dr Lazarus Chakwera emphasised the need to take a bold decision to continue assisting the people of Mozambique.
“We took a bold decision to extend the mission in Mozambique until peace is secured,” said Dr Chakwera.
Earlier on during the official opening of the summit, Dr Chakwera highlighted how the region has worked together through trying times.
He also touched on how SADC member States continue to speak with one voice for the lifting of sanctions on Zimbabwe.
Vice President General Retired Dr Constantino Chiwenga, who represented President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the summit, said the meeting was fruitful, noting that Zimbabwe is not only providing training for military personnel in Mozambique, but humanitarian assistance as well.
Vice President Chiwenga said the move to extent the mission in Cabo Delgado will ensure the people of Mozambique get the assistance they need.
“It is our collective decision to support the people of Mozambique,” said the Vice President.
The insurgency in Mozambique has displacement more than 800 thousand people.