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Mozambique insurgency: Maputo not keen on ‘local’ Islamic intervention

Mozambique insurgency: Maputo not keen on ‘local’ Islamic intervention

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi said last week that the African country would only accept technical support from the international community to fight Islamic insurgents.

The state members of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have been pushing for a military intervention in Mozambique fearing that the insurgency would spread to other countries. After retaking the town of Palma that had fallen to the militia a fortnight ago, Mozambique is reluctant to accept troops from neighbours of the SADC to fight Islamic insurgents in the north of the country.

The situation requires President Filipe Nyusi to accept technical support from the international community. The move needs to fight the Islamic insurgents as his government declared that Palma was now “under the control of the state”, The East Africa reports.

SADC leaders meeting in Maputo last Thursday, only agreed on “an immediate technical deployment” to Mozambique while they explored a “proportionate regional response to the insurgency.»

Since the start of the insurgency in Cabo Delgado province in 2017, Mozambique has relied on foreign mercenaries to help its weak army stop the violence from spreading to other parts of the country.