By Eric Msikiti & Taonga Sabola
Six Southern African Development Community (Sadc) leaders condemned terrorist attacks in Palma, in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, after holding emergency talks in Maputo, Mozambique, Thursday.
The Extraordinary Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of Sadc also denounced those that are perpetuating the violence, saying heinous attacks could not be allowed to continue without a proportionate regional response.
President Lazarus Chakwera, who is the in-coming Sadc chairperson, joined Sadc outgoing Chairperson-cum-Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi, Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, Zimbabwe’s and President of Zanzibar Hussein Ali Mwinyi, who represented Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan, in condemning the violence that has displaced close to 750,000 people over the last three years. Emmerson Mnangagwa
A communiqué released after the meeting yesterday indicates that the leaders received a report from the Organ Troika on the security situation in Mozambique.
“The summit noted, with concern, the acts of terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians, women and children in some of the districts of Cabo Delgado Province,” the communiqué reads.
It announces the Sadc leaders’ solidarity with Mozambique.
“The Double Troika Summit 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 Republic of Mozambique,” the statement reads.
Eric Msikiti is a Senior Reporter/News Producer at Times Group. Though relatively young, Eric boasts years of experience in Malawi’s media industry.