Zimbabwe’s Deployment Of Troops In Mozambique Not Only Illegal But Foolish And Costly – Biti

MDC vice president Tendai Biti argues that the reported unilateral deployment of Zimbabwean troops to fight terrorists in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region is not only illegal but foolish and costly.

Biti says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) should be involved as a whole instead of Zimbabwe’s adventurism. Said Biti:

The reported deployment of Zimbabwean troops in Mozambique represents further reproduction of illegalities ill-thought actions by the regime. Assuming there is an urgent military situation in Cabo Delgado surely the region collectively must act. A meeting of SADC must be held.

The SADC Organ on Defense and Security should surely have met. This kind of unilateralism which we saw during the DRC civil war is foolish and costly and against the basic tenets of international law.

Wars are protracted and costly. The involvement of the region as a precondition to any involvement.

Further, any involvement should only have been part of a SADC Mission and nothing else. Parliament should be notified and the constitution should be followed.

But Zimbabwe is in COVID war (sic) and can’t even afford basic PCR Tests. This move is total madness. Zimbabwe can’t afford unilateralism nor a war.

Biti further contended that the same people who plunged the country into the DRC Civil War in order to loot the country’s mineral resources are at it again, now in Mozambique. Biti added:

History has now shown that Zimbabwe’s participation in the DRC war was not based on Pan Africanist solidarity but greed and avarice. UN Reports expose the massive looting of diamonds and bauxite that took place under cover of that war. Regrettably, the same characters are now in Mozambique.

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20 comments on “Zimbabwe’s Deployment Of Troops In Mozambique Not Only Illegal But Foolish And Costly – Biti

  1. And exactly wat zanu and china want ,there is a bad omen about call it a communist tokelosh if you must

  2. An army deployed by an illegitimate government chasin terrorist ,that is a bit of a contridiction

  3. This ilk sends soldiers as mercenaries and get paid for it. like they farm out our army like slaves,,,,,too bad

  4. Cry my beloved country!!!.Please,let’s stop irresponsible behavior,surely how can soldiers be sent to Mozambique when the financial situation is near collapse as Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube confessed.?Then the Minister is BEGGING for financial assistance.To me, what’s logic is to withdraw the soldiers immediately to reduce costs,lockdown should be relaxed more with the people concentrating on preventive measures so that the economy starts running.Zimbos all over the world,I love you all and I love my Zimbabwe.The ruling party should admit failure of running the country,and rectify the situation they created THEMSELVES..They refused to listen when individuals and some countries advised them that the financial system they had taken did not work.So,RECTI FY THE STUATION YOURSELVES you PRODIGALS!!!

  5. Now who will finance this corrupt regime . Who. Our people are starving , dying , being deprived of everything under the planet now this. THIS REGIME MUST GO.

  6. (1) The special relationship btn Zanu and Frelimo cannot be cut by theoretical arguments. Saka this daydream about an NGO funded SADC that will take its sweet time to even organise itself is Biti’s wet dream (2) SADC has never gone into any situation to fight insurgency but as a peace-keeping force, vehicles painted in white, etc. Saka why should they do so now? (3) I am saddened by this Magaisa guy. It appears his views are largely a carbon copy of Biti student politics rantings at a student union beerhall. He quotes the constitution, but is dammed lazy to describe the ways in which ED can use the same constitution, that was drafted by both Zanu and MDC.eg, Magaisa says, “However, the President is required to inform Parliament “promptly and in appropriate detail the reasons for their deployment” and “the country they are deployed”.” The Zanu – MDC constitution is weak as it does not bother to define “prompt”. Saka ED can decide on his own definition of prompt. A clear thinking opposition should have put such decisions in the hands of parliament with a 75% majority as war affects everyone, and perhaps even constitution court. It should have left the matter to be first heard by parliament or else the President must first declare a State of National Emergency demonstrating that parliament could reasonably not have sat. (4) We also need to contextualise ED’s masterstroke. I hate Zanu for their corruption. But on this one, tarohwa nemunyati. (a) Everytime there is this kind of insurgency, how many Africans have asked kuti, “Daidzai vaMugabe to sort out this nonsense.” Ask Nigerians (Boko Haram); Angola (Savimbi); DRC, etc and they are in awe of the decisiveness of Mugabe and continue to wish for such decisiveness. ED knows this and is following suit. (b) The main reason, you morons, is that come 2023, Zanu will cheat as usual to an electoral victory. Do you think there is going to be an African leader that will raise a voice? Kwanai manzwaka!!!! (c) MOST IMPORTANT!!!! US is totally opposed to these Islamic morons. ED is capitalising on this by being a fireforce that US will gladly gladly welcome. AU, SADC and African powerhouses like SA, Egypt and Nigeria have been lackadaisical on the Islamic insurgency issue to the extreme frustration of US. ED is capitalising on this…..masterstroke…..lol. Isu takavata, ma sanctions achatanga kutaurwa in a different light. Kana neni ndakazvishaya kuti nei ED ashingirira kufa neCorona achienda kuMoza this week? Kandi benzi raiziva zvariri kuramba richiridza pito!!! (5) This is the problem with Chamisa. He lets this moron called Biti to rush to issue nonsensical statements. Has such an important matter served at National Council? Kana, otherwise the very issues I am raising here would have been mentioned and a more intelligent statement would have been made by Chamisa or party spokesperson. Kwete kunovata uchitsanya maraha mugomo party ichiuraiwa nematsotsi sana Biti. Nxxxxx It is this kind of confusion that is going to lead to Chamisa’s leadership skills being questioned and Biti being accused of being a Zanu spy. By the way, why Biti chete? Why are other deputies quiet? Why are those responsible for foreign affairs, or defense quiet?It is clear kuti Biti has not migrated mentally from being MDC Biti party leader. This is at the expense of mutsanyi Chamisa. Compare and contrast with MT’s time. Sad and confusing. (6) I think quite rightly most Zimbabweans care for their economy and the cost of Zanu’s costly Rambo adventures. But it’s about the 2023 elections, stupid!!!! Besides, do we even know what Frelimo has promised ED, Zanu, and somewhere down the road, Zimbabwe?

    1. We don’t know what Ed has bn promised but l remember very well 1998 just before our soldiers were deployed to DRC There were a lot of arguments against the deployment but because Bob had his own ulterior motives the deployment went ahead Everyone thought Zimbabwe was going to gain a lot from the war but besides a massive loss of our soldiers we also suffered economically Nothing good came from tht war The war only benefitted Bob n his close allies l see the same happening here but this time Ed is also putting the whole country at risk .We might soon find suicide bombs in our country because of his myopic n egocentric thinking.A war with those extremists will never end

    2. We don’t know what Ed has bn promised but l remember very well 1998 just before our soldiers were deployed to DRC There were a lot of arguments against the deployment but because Bob had his own ulterior motives the deployment went ahead Everyone thought Zimbabwe was going to gain a lot from the war but besides a massive loss of our soldiers we also suffered economically Nothing good came from tht war The war only benefitted Bob n his close allies l see the same happening here but this time Ed is also putting the whole country at risk .We might soon find suicide bombs in our country because of his myopic n egocentric thinking.A war with those extremists will never end

      1. You have mentioned the supposed cost of Zimbabwe’s engagement. But this is different engagement compared to DRC. (1) The main reason for these Islamists emergence is the discovery of gas in northern Mozambique, and other important resources. An Islamic state armed with such revenues or capable of disturbing the flow of such revenues is serious cause for concern. (2) Islamists are not going to stop at Mozambique, given the intention of Islamic insurgents, that is, to take over the world and establish an Islamic caliphate / s. They will soon come to Zimbabwe, whether we act now or deep our heads inthe sand. You are correct that, “A war with those extremists will never end.” This is the new warfront (and in particular Southern Africa now faces). These extremists are here to stay. This is an important difference from DRC. In conclusion, I believe that ED’s intentions (self centred as they are) have nicely meshed with a rational reason for Zimbabwe’s involvement.

    3. A long read, but a display of total confusion. The lack of ability to separate view of Tendai Buti and those of the MDC A is olso another thing. How can the decision to send troops to Mozambique be equated to Mugabes deployment of the army to DRC? The comparisons and matchings made here are nothing but insane.

  7. A long read, but a display of total confusion. The lack of ability to separate view of Tendai Buti and those of the MDC A is olso another thing. How can the decision to send troops to Mozambique be equated to Mugabes deployment of the army to DRC? The comparisons and matchings made here are nothing but insane.

  8. the islamists should be contained before they multiply their numbers SADC is folding its hands whilst the crisis escalates,its a shame dont know why it exist. SADC countries are cowards

  9. I think Tendai Biti has lost his senses the govt of Zimbabwe is doing it’s best to protect the interest of the country. If we allow terrorist to spread to Southern Africa then we are all at risk .Look what is happening in east African countries there is terrorism going on and they are failing to stop it. Do u stupid Biti want terrorists to invade Zimbabwe . Let’s protect our borders and flash them out from gaining access to our beloved country. Biti stop politics and u are the ones who are causing Zimbabwe to suffer by telling the western countries to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe’s fragile economy. Stop and think. Yourself and others are benefiting while fellow Zimbabweans are suffering . I’m not a Zanu supporter or do support any political party. Please be realistic and use your brains. What will happen if those terrorists invade Zimbabwe and kill our people. You will say look the govt is doing nothing about it.
    We have had enough of u with your MDC which has tribal ideologies.
    Stop complaining do your job.
    ” Stop and think twice” I say stop and think .

  10. Most concerns noted but the threat being poised by ISIS my fellow countrymen needs to be addressed urgently.they razed a whole village down in Mozambique,of course due diligence ought to be exercised but…those radical elements need to know Zim ain’t idle,internal woes or otherwise

  11. I’m Mozambican I don’t agree with that War because frelimo is coscient that those insurgent are sent by them just to make money, frelimo itself can stop that if their want their just doing that to entertain the world what I think is sad because young guys are dying without reason the relation between zanu and frelimo can’t be shaked because of that it doesnt make sense because the opposition party is under frelimo’s rules and their keep admitting that is war over there please guys make who can seat with them and discuss what their want because is no war there.

    1. Ndo kubasa kwavo. zvakangofana nekuzvemari hatizivi kwainobva nekwainoenda remember June 15 billion iya

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