By Shadreck Gurenje
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has returned home from the SADC Extraordinary Double Troika Summit which was held in Mozambique.
The Summit deliberated on the insurgency in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado and received a report from the Organ Troika on the security situation in Mozambique, and noted with concern, the acts of terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians, women and children in some of the districts. It condemned the terrorist attacks in strongest terms; and affirmed that such heinous attacks cannot be allowed to continue without a proportionate regional response.
In a Communique of the Extraordinary summit, the Head of States expressed its heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique particularly the bereaved families, on the loss of their loved ones.
The Summit also expressed SADC’s full solidarity with the Government and people of the Republic of Mozambique, and reaffirmed SADC’s continued commitment to contribute towards the efforts to bring about lasting peace and security, as well as reconciliation and development in the country.
The Summit therefore directed an immediate technical deployment to the Republic of Mozambique, and the convening of an Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ by 28 April 2021 that will report to the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit on 29 April 2021.
The Double Troika Summit was officially opened by H E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique and Chairperson of SADC, and was attended by the Heads of State and Government among them Botswana H.E. President Dr. Mokgweetso Eric Keabetswe Masissi, Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
Malawi: H.E. President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, In-coming Chairperson of SADC.
South Africa: H.E. President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, In-coming Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
Zimbabwe: H.E. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, and Outgoing Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
United Republic of Tanzania: H.E. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, representing H.E. President Samia Suluhu Hassan, Outgoing Chairperson of SADC.
Also in attendance was H.E. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Executive Secretary of SADC.