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SADC leaders to meet over Mozambique unrest

General News SADC leaders to meet over Mozambique unrest

Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will meet today to deliberate on measures against militant attacks in Mozambique.

An armed militant group believed to be affiliated with the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group attacked the coastal town of Palma in Cabo Delgado province near the border with Tanzania late March, killing dozens and injuring scores of others.

“SADC is deeply concerned about the continued terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado, especially for the lives and welfare of the residents who continue to suffer from the atrocious, brutal and indiscriminate assaults,” the regional block of 16 countries said in a statement.

According to a notification sent to member states by the bloc’s secretariat, there will be a meeting of defence and security clusters from all member states on the first day.

These are drawn from the military, intelligence services and the police.

That will be followed by a meeting of the commanders of the countries’ defence and security clusters.

The first day will be capped by a ministerial meeting of the troika composed of foreign affairs ministers from Tanzania (SADC chair), Zimbabwe, SA and Botswana.

The second day will start with the Troika summit where Zimbabwe, Botswana and SA’s presidents will meet since they form the organ on politics, defence and security.

It will end with a meeting comprising heads of all member states.

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi, also the current chairperson of the SADC Troika Organ on Politics, Defense and Security, said: “The attacks in Mozambique were an affront to peace and security, not only in Mozambique, but also in the region and the international community as a whole.”

The SADC extraordinary Double Troika Summit will be held in Mozambique’s capital Maputo today to devise measures to address terrorism which continues to destabilize northern parts of that country.

The armed group, locally known as al-Shabaab but with no established links to the armed militant group in Somalia, has wreaked havoc in northern Mozambique since late 2017, killing hundreds, displacing communities, and capturing towns.

The northern province of Mozambique is rich in natural gas, and companies such as France’s Total SE are to extract liquefied natural gas (LNG) from offshore sites in the Indian Ocean, but experts say such attacks could derail the project.

Investments by Total and others are estimated at $23 billion, one of the largest investments on the continent.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, at least 11,000 people are said to have fled Palma following recent attacks.

More than 670,000 people are said to be displaced inside Mozambique due to the conflict in Cabo Delgado – almost seven times the number reported a year ago.

At least 2,614 people have died in the conflict, including 1,312 civilians.

Humanitarian agencies say the situation has seriously deteriorated over the past 12 months, with the escalation of attacks on villages.

9 COMMENTS

  1. We need concerted efforts to clear these militant demons. I wouldn’t be surprised if these are diasporans sent back by their imperial masters to create confusion. After all it’s the western world to blame for the rise of militants

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  2. THIS TOPIC IS IRRELEVANT TO ZAMBIA WHAT WE CAN POSSIBLY OFFER
    PLUS WE NEED TO SORT OUT OUR OWN ISSUES FIRST
    ALSO AS STATED ON INTERNATIONAL NEWS CHANNELS SADC IS IN NAME ONLY WITH VERY LITTLE ACTION ON SUCH MATTERS EXCEPT TALK TALK TALK

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  3. SADC is a democracy; it is a discretionary grouping. It may not be a confrontational institution but it offers diplomatic solutions. That’s why Hakainde Hichilema recently reported Zambia to this regional cluster on the 12 th August elections, owing to the confidence most people have in it. Be reminded that SADC will be electoral observers and will witness UPND’s sixth elective loss since 2006.

  4. Indeed KZ: We need concerted efforts to clear these militant demons. I wouldn’t be surprised if these are diasporans (LIKE YOURSELF) sent back by their CORRUPT PF masters to create confusion. After all it’s the CORRUPT AFRICAN world to blame for the rise of militants

  5. the biggest failure in the SADC is tolerating dictatorial tendencies from the tuma so called presidents for life who like to meddle with the constitution of their countries to perpetrate or prolong their hold on power. Africans tulibangwele zoona always seeking for others to come to our aid on self imposed problems.

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