Senior military officials from Rwanda and Lesotho have visited their deployed troops in Cabo Delgado as part of their efforts to counter Mozambique’s insurgency.
The Rwanda Defence Force Army Chief of Staff (ACOS), Lieutenant General Mubarakh Muganga, is currently on a four-day visit to Rwandan forces deployed in Cabo Delgado.
He arrived in Mocimboa da Praia on 18 September and was welcomed by the Joint Force Commander, Major General Innocent Kabandana, who briefed him about the progress of military operations against terror groups in Cabo Delgado.
Muganga met Rwandan troops and commended them for the good work done since their arrival in Mozambique, the Rwanda Defence Force said in a statement.
“He further conveyed a message of appreciation from the RDF Commander-in-Chief, HE President Paul Kagame, for the security achievements gained since the Force’s arrival in Cabo Delgado. The ACOS urged the Forces to keep the momentum and continue to be good ambassadors of Rwanda.”
Rwandan troops in collaboration with Mozambican Forces have fought and dislodged insurgents from several towns including their main bases in Mocimboa da Praia and other locations, including Awasse, Palma, Quionga, Chinda, Mbau, Mapalanganha, Tete, Njama, Quelimane and most recently Siri I and Siri II, which the Rwanda Defence Force says are considered to be their strongholds.
Muganga’s visit was preceded by that of the Chief of Defence Staff, Lesotho Defence Force, Lieutenant General Mojalefa Letsoela, who visited SAMIM forces deployed in Cabo Delgado between 15 and 19 September.
Upon arrival, he was welcomed by the Force Commander of SAMIM, Major General Xolani Mankayi and briefed on the Mission progress since deployment of forces. During his visit, he toured all SAMIM locations in Pemba District including operational areas, according to an SAMIM statement.
Letsoela urged SAMIM forces to do their best and make the region proud by degrading the insurgents and stabilising Cabo Delgado with the ultimate goal of achieving peace in the region. “In his visit to Nangade village, he had an opportunity to interact with the District authorities who expressed their delight at the arrival and presence of SAMIM forces. The authorities conveyed that a stable life was slowly returning to the District and that humanitarian aid was critical at this point,” the SAMIM statement said.
SAMIM forces in support of Forḉas Armadas de Defesa de Moḉambique (FADM) recently launched an offensive operation, which led to the capture of an insurgent stronghold base South of Messalo River.
defenceWeb will on 16 November examine regional and international efforts to counter the violence in Mozambique, through a new virtual conference, with the theme ‘Developing a multi-theatre approach to restoring peace in Cabo Delgado’.