Kagame promises continued collaboration to fight terrorism in Mozambique

On 21 February 2023 at 01:02

The President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi has revealed that his counterpart of Rwanda, Paul Kagame promised him continued collaboration with Mozambican Army to fight terrorism in Cabo Delgado Province, Club of Mozambique has reported.

Kagame and Nyusi met in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia in the evening of Friday where the traveled to attend the African Union (AU) Summit.

Rwanda’s Presidency disclosed that both leaders two leaders discussed ongoing areas of bilateral cooperation including the partnership to restore security in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province, among others.

As he arrived in Maputo on Saturday, Nyusi told the media that while the Mozambican defence and security forces are seeking to build up greater capacity to fight terrorism, the Rwandan forces will remain in Cabo Delgado.

“One of the points we have been discussing is the sustainability of the Mozambican armed forces [FADM] and police”, added Nyusi.

This approach seeks to ensure, that when the Rwandans do leave, the Mozambican armed forces and police will be able to guarantee fully that they can meet the challenges posed in the defence and security sector.

While the Mozambicans’ own capacity is built up, the Rwandan troops will fight side-by-side with the FADM in the fight against terrorism and other threats to Mozambican sovereignty.

Kagame had pledged to continue supporting Mozambique “and we affirmed that we are going to step up the fight against terrorism”, declared Nyusi. “We shall step up the fight because terrorism is the main problem”.

Kagame’s pledge came after the European Union publicly guaranteed the first 20 million US dollars towards the end of last year in support for the Rwandan operations in Mozambique.

Meanwhile, according to a report in Monday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”, four terrorists have been captured in the town of Mocimboa da Praia. It is said that the jihadists took the risk of slipping into the town because they were hungry.

They went to the houses of their mothers to ask for food. Their mothers did feed them – but also denounced their presence to the local authorities. According to media reports, Members of the Rwandan military contingent went to their homes and arrested the four men.

Rwanda started the deployment of 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.

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 rebels.

Rwanda and Mozambique have been enjoying vibrant relations for many years.

On Monday 12th September 2022, President Kagame and his counterpart of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi met in Kenya ahead of the inauguration of president, Dr. William Ruto.

Both leaders discussed ways to further strengthen the ongoing bilateral collaboration between Rwanda and Mozambique.

In February last year, Kagame received Nyusi with whom they discussed the good progress that has been made between Rwanda and Mozambique in the ongoing cooperation towards securing Cabo Delgado as well as other areas of bilateral collaboration.

Rwanda and Mozambique have cooperation agreements in different areas including security, trade and investment among others.

President Kagame (right) has promised to his counterpart of Mozambique (left) continued collaboration to fight terrorism in Mozambique.