Following her meeting with President Kagame in Kigali last week, the President of Tanzania has announced that her country will be sending troops to Mozambique. This comes after the Tanzanian government’s consistent refusal to get involved, and after allegations that Tanzania was denying Mozambicans asylum in the country while allowing insurgents to cross the border unimpeded.

The 277 men from Tanzania are part of the 757 SADC troops that are already in Mozambique. South Africa sent 270 so far of the 1,495 men promised.

Lesotho has also now contributed troops in Mozambique. On Sunday 8 August, a Lesotho Defense Force (LDF) Contingent Advanced Team left for Mozambique, headed, like all the other troops from the combined forces, to insurgency-hit Cabo Delgado. The advanced team comprises 12 soldiers and will be followed by 113 LDF members, who will be transported there by Angolan aircraft.

Speaking in a joint briefing with Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi, President Filipe Nyusi welcomed the ongoing intervention by his neighbouring states “We reaffirm our joint commitment to fight against violent extremism together with the Rwandan forces. The control of Mocimboa da Praia town and the gradual return of movement between Palma and Mocimboa da Praia is the product of the bravery and concerted effort of the forces with the aim of quickly returning stability to the region”.

During the SAMIM launch on Monday, force commander Major General Xolani Mankayi, of the South African National Defence Force, said the mission would do everything possible to restore peace in the area.

“The SADC region state as described above is (to) facilitate the creation of a secure environment, to ensure that the state authority is in full control of the Cabo Delgado affected areas, and normal lives can resume,” Mankayi said.

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