During the visit held on Tuesday 6th September 2022, the officials hailed the joint forces for maintaining security in Cabo Delgado province and were optimistic that the judicial systems and structures would soon begin to operate effectively since the security situation had significantly improved.
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 terrorists, honoring the request of Mozambique. The troops had increased to nearly 2000 by the end of the year 2021.
The situation in the country 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 troop’s 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 including Palma, Awasse and Mocímboa Da Praia among others were seized from rebels.
Some of internally displaced citizens have been also helped to return home.