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South African General To Command SADC Force In Cabo Delgado

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Stergomena Tax the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has presented the legal instruments authorising the organization to send a standby force to support efforts to combat terrorism in Cabo Delgado.

According to details, the instruments were handed over to the commander of the SADC mission to Mozambique, a South African general who is expected to work in collaboration with the representative of the chairperson of the Organ for Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security of SADC.

For now the SADC military mission will initially last for three months, the mandate may be extended depending on how the situation unfolds in the operational theatre.

A budget of U$12 million has been made available for infantry, air force and navy actions.

Despite this advance, the official date for the arrival of the military force of this regional organization in Mozambique is not yet known.

In his statements, Stergomena Tax stated that SADC has great confidence in the capacities and abilities of the leaders of the SADC mission to lead outstanding men and women to achieve peace and security in Cabo Delgado

“We believe they will help to create an enabling and peaceful environment for the people of Mozambique and the southern region in general,” said Stergomena Tax, quoted on the SADC official website.

The leader urged the commander of the standby force and his team to carry out their duties with zeal and diligence for peace and security in Mozambique and in the SADC region.

The South African general said he was grateful for the trust placed in him to lead this mission and pledged not to disappoint the region, fulfilling the mandate with the greatest diligence and commitment.

The presentation of the instruments of authority follows the approval, by the Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC, of ​​sending a standby force to Mozambique to support the fight against terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado.

The ceremony to hand over these instruments was attended by, among others, the Minister of Defence, Justice and Security of the Republic of Botswana, Thomas Kagiso Mmusi; the Secretary for Political Affairs, Office of the President and Special Representative of the President of the Organ for Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security, Mpho G. Molomo.

Meanwhile, the Rwandan military mission is already operational in Cabo Delgado province, which arrived in Mozambique on 10 July, with a force of 1,000 men, including soldiers and police.

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President Paul Kagame in Mozambique

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has today kicked off his two-day working visit in Pemba, Mozambique. The visit will end tomorrow September 25.

On his first day, President Kagame is expected to address close to a thousand members of the Rwanda Defense Forces and the Rwanda National Police who are currently in the country and working with the Mozambican Armed Defense Forces (FADM) and forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Rwandan joint forces are currently deployed in Cabo Delgado Province in North-Eastern Mozambique where they have been successful in liberating several key towns from terrorist groups in collaboration with the Mozambican Armed Defense Forces.

Among the liberated towns is Mocimboa de Prala.

On his working visit, President Kagame will hold a tete-a-tete meeting with his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi after which a bilateral meeting with their delegations will be held.

The two Presidents will as well witness the signing of various bilateral agreements and address a joint press conference.

Tomorrow, President Kagame will, together with Filipe Nyusi attend a Military ceremony for Armed Forces Day at the Pemba Municipal Stadium.

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Mozambique Government Hails Operations By Joint Troops in Cabo Delgado

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The Mozambican government has expressed its satisfaction with the advances made by the joint troops in the northern operational theatre, in Cabo Delgado province.

Intense fighting is ongoing in the province plagued by terrorists that have been in control since October 2017.

The minister of National Defence, Jaime Neto made the remarks on Monday in the capital Maputo during the launch of the commemorative week of the Day of the Armed Forces of Defense of Mozambique, which will reach its highest moment on the 25th of September this year.

“The result on the ground is positive. You are seeing the commitment of the Mozambican Defense Armed Forces and the friendly forces on the ground. Persecution is strong but, for us, it satisfies the pace at which things are happening,” the minister said.

He warned that it is still too premature to speak of a possible victory, but he assures that the troops continue to improve their combat strategies, with a view to consolidating the progress on the ground, cornering the terrorists who are currently scattered in some points in the areas of conflict.

However, Jaime Neto noted that there are still many challenges in the northern operational theater, but with the support of foreign troops, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) alert force and the Rwandan army, enemies are losing ground.

For liberated areas, the situation allows the safe return of displaced populations to their villages.

“As you know, the force is already far from the starting point. For example, we have already left the Awasse area, covering the whole of Mocímboa da Praia, as far as Palma,” he stressed.

As part of the commemorations for the week of September 25, the minister urged the FDS to give all its efforts to the elimination of terrorism in Mozambique and the actions of the self-proclaimed Junta Militar da Renamo, the largest opposition party, which constitute the largest threats to security and sovereignty.

In turn, the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces for the Defense of Mozambique (FADM), Joaquim Mangrasse, assured that the Mozambican forces will continue to fight on land, sea and air to protect the territorial integrity and security of the people.

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Rwanda Army Chief Of Staff Visists Mozambique

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Rwanda Defence Force Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Lt Gen Mubarakh Muganga is on a 4-day visit to Rwandan Forces deployed in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

Upon arrival at Mocimboa da Praia yesterday, the ACOS was welcomed by the Joint Force Commander, Maj Gen Innocent Kabandana who briefed him about the progress of military operations against terror groups in Cabo Delgado.

Lt Gen Muganga met Rwandan troops and commended them for the good work done since their arrival in Mozambique.

He further conveyed a message of appreciation from the RDF Commander-in-Chief, President Paul Kagame, for the security achievements gained since the Force’s arrival in Cabo Delgado.

The ACOS urged the Forces to keep the momentum and continue to be good ambassadors of Rwanda.

Rwandan troops in collaboration with Mozambican Forces fought and dislodged the terror groups from several towns including their main bases in MOCIMBOA DA PRAIA and other localities that include among others AWASSE, PALMA, QUIONGA, CHINDA, MBAU, MAPALANGANHA, TETE, NJAMA, QUELIMANE and most recently SIRI I and SIRI II considered to be their strongholds.

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