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Mozambique: Rwandan Influence Growing in Cabo Delgado Amid SAMIM's Difficulties

South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania and Lesotho, main partners of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with forces on the ground in Cabo Delgado, express concerns about the development of the counterinsurgency, given the shortage of war material and military personnel on the ground in support of the special units deployed there, emphasizing the “under-dimensioned” nature of the regional mission (SAMIM) to deal with jihadist dispersion.

Military commands in the theater of operations have expressed growing reservations about the absence of rear support, in particular from infantry units and air and naval support. This issue dominated SADC meetings, namely the summit held at the International Convention Center in Bingu, Malawi. The summit was convened to analyze the situation in Mozambique, with the participation of the Organ on Politics, Defense and Security Affairs, plus the troop-contributing countries in Cabo Delgado, which assumes the strategic direction of the intervention in Mozambique within the scope of SAMIM. READ MORE