The reopening ceremony held on Tuesday 29th November 2022 included, among others, the operationalisation of the first cargo ship to be used by the city residents and surrounding areas since its closure.
The Governor thanked the joint security forces for their effort in normalising the security situation in Mocimboa Da Praia leading to the reopening of port.
Rwanda started the deployment of 1000 troops of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) to Mozambique on 9th July 2021, to fight terrorist groups, honoring the request of Mozambique. The troops had increased to nearly 2000 by the end of the year 2021.
The situation in the country had worsened since October 2017 when armed extremists launched an insurgency in the Cabo Delgado Province of Mozambique.
Mozambique Defence Armed Forces battled the extremists but many civilians were killed and displaced by the fighting.
Before Rwandan troops’ intervention, terrorists had killed 3000 civilians while more than 800,000 were displaced. The insecurity had also put to halt all development projects in the area controlled by insurgents.
The joint operations between Rwandan and Mozambican troops yielded big where different regions were seized from terrorists.
Rwanda and Mozambique have been enjoying vibrant relations for many years.