Mocímboa da Praia is a port town in northern Mozambique, lying on the Indian Ocean coast, located in Cabo Delgado Province. It is a border post for travel to and from Tanzania and is the seat of Mocímboa da Praia District.
The area located in the eastern part of Cabo Delgado has been a stronghold for insurgents for the past five years.
It is also home to different infrastructures including an airstrip and port among others.
Governor Taliabo last visited the area in May 2020 before rebels destroyed major infrastructures in the town.
During the visit on Thursday, he was along with mayors from neighboring districts some of whom have assets in Mocimbao da Praia.
Some of their houses have been burnt while others turned into safe habitats for owls.
Faruk Jamal had huge investments in Mocimbao da Praia including a hotel, factories and petrol stations among others.
He used to generate around US$2.5 million in profits but he was forced to leave like other displaced locals following rebels’ recurring attacks that saw three of his employees killed.
“I used to earn US$2.5 million in profits per year. However, things have fallen apart that assets worth US$1.4 million have been set ablaze,” Faruk has told IGIHE.
The investor who used to export 75 containers of timber per annum has thanked Rwandan soldiers for restoring peace in the area.
Governor Taliabo also thanked President Paul Kagame for sending joint troops of Rwanda National Police and Rwanda Defence Force upon the request of Mozambican counterpart Nyusi to quell insurgents in the region.
“We have seen Rwandan and Mozambican forces working together to liberate Mocimbao de Praia. Our visit to Mocimbao de Praia is the fruit of cooperation of these soldiers who consolidated efforts to restore security. The next move is to seek how displaced citizens can be resettled,” he said.
Brig Gen Pascal Muhizi who is commanding Rwandan troops deployed to Mocimbao de Praia accompanied the officials as their visited captured areas.
The insurgents saw at least 65,000 people displaced in Mocimbao de Praia.
It is estimated that 90% of regions previously occupied by rebels in Palma have been liberated following joint operations by Rwandan and Mozambican soldiers.
The regions still under the control of rebels include Mbao, Siri I and Siri II.