SADC Works on a Plan to Deal With Militant Attacks in Mozambique

Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have undertaken to work on a robust regional response to the growing threat of terrorism and insurgency in parts of Mozambique, which it will put in action once finalised, writes Lincoln Towindo for govenrment-owned Herald in Zimbabwe. South Africa's Daily Maverick reports however that Mozambique presented a "shopping list", not a plan, to the summit. One SADC official told Daily Maverick that "some elements" of a regional response plan to the insurgency were presented to the summit "but it requires more and detailed information. It's a work in progress". The summit also discussed the re-organisation of regional troops deployed in the DRC. The summit follows a previous meeting held by Mnangagwa with the Mozambique president. Attacks in Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado have seen many civilians losing their lives, while over 300,000 citizens have fled to safety since 2017, while the world watches. Mozambique has been waiting for assistance from various countries and organisations, including the EU. A Tanzanian town on the border with Mozambique reportedly came under attack from militia in the Cabo Delgado region in October 2020.

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