By Memory Chamisa
Government has clarified the issue of military deployments to neighbouring Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province which has been rocked by violent extremism since 2017.
In a media briefing at Defence House in Harare this Thursday, the Minister of Defence and War Veterans’ Affairs, Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri explained government’s position with regards to the current situation in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.
“Zimbabwe pledged to assist in the training of Mozambique’s armed forces to enhance their capability to combat terrorism. Taking into cognisance that there are two major elements to deployment, namely combat and training. Therefore, it must be noted that countries deploying are doing so on the strength of the Status of Force of Agreement signed on 8 July 2021).
Cde Muchinguri-Kashiri also highlighted Zimbabwe’s commitment to the SADC standby force mission in Mozambique.
Upsound Muchinguri (The public may be aware that President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces may deploy troops outside for a number of issues and also to note is that Zimbabwe is awaiting the signing of the Status of Force of Agreement, after which the training contingent will be sent to Mozambique.”
The Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique has been rocked by militant attacks resulting in the gruesome torture and murder of innocent civilians.