President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Wednesday said SADC member countries will not sit back and allow terrorist attacks to continue in Mozambique without a robust response.
Islamic extremists who claim links to the terror group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Daesh, has been engaged in a bloody campaign against innocent civilians in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region.
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Addressing the 351st session of the Politburo at the Zanu PF headquarters yesterday, President Mnangagwa said Zimbabwe, alongside its neighbours, will stand behind Mozambique. He said:
Insurgencies are threatening to slow down and reverse our collective efforts to achieve the aspirations outlined in the United Nations SDGs, the African Union Agenda 2063 and within SADC.
As Zanu PF, we stand in solidarity with our sister party, Frelimo as well as the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique in the wake of the ongoing disturbances in Cabo Delgado Province, in northern Mozambique. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. United we stand.
Hence, we cannot sit back and allow acts of insurgency to continue without a robust regional response.
Last week, I, therefore, attended the SADC Double Troika Summit in Mozambique, where the regional bloc resolved to immediately make technical deployments towards restoring peace and stability.
The President also revealed that the government is working with the Mozambican authorities to establish the number of Zimbabweans who were affected when insurgents attack Palma on 24 March.
This comes after a Zimbabwean man, Nyasha Mugwagwa was among the 12 people killed during an attack on Palma town by the terrorists. Said, President Mnangagwa:
Government is currently working with the Mozambican authorities to establish the number of our nationals who were entrapped during the attack of Palma town, on March 24, 2021.