Mozambique - SADC - Rwanda: SADC Takes Credit for Military Successes in Mozambique, Ignores Paul Kagame's Troop Deployment

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 On January 12, 2022,  an Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the SADC was held  in Malawi.  In the Summit, the SADC leaders hailed the successes of SAMIM and SADC troops in the fight against the insurgency in Mozambique, ignoring the contribution of the troops from Rwanda.  AfroAmerica Network sources close to the Rwanda and Mozambique governments have  now said that leaders of the two countries,  Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique and, most importantly,  Paul Kagame of Rwanda are not happy. Their closest aids, facing frustration and anger,  are wondering what will follow.

  On July 9, 2021, the Rwandan government started deploying troops to Mozambique, in the Cabo Delgado Province, at  the request of the government of Mozambique, to fight against growing insecurity and civil war. The deployment of Rwanda troops was not supported by key leaders of Southern African Development Community (SADC).  Consequently, the Rwandan troops  were put under Mozambique military command. SADC, of which Mozambique is a member,  instead deployed its own troops,  under  the command of SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).  The  deployment of Rwandan troops followed the May 26-27, 2021 visit to Rwanda by French President Emmanuel Macron. The deployment of Rwanda troops was  requested by  Mozambique president Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, as  Chairperson of SADC.   The  key leaders of Southern African Development Community (SADC),  did not  supporrt the proposition to deploy Rwandan troops to Mozambique. SADC, of which Mozambique is a member,  instead planned  for the deployment its own troops,  under  the command of SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).  

Afterwards, an Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique, on June 23,  2021.  The Summit was officially led  by  Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, as  Chairperson of SADC. Felipe Jacinto Nyusi had requested to allow the participation of Rwanda in the meeting. The request  was overwhelmingly rejected by other SADC leaders, especially Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.   SADC leaders insisted that any troops to be sent into Mozambique must be under a SADC command.  

When the SADC leaders expressed their resistance and refused the participation of Rwanda in their  Summit meeting, the Rwandan troops  were put under Mozambique military command ( see here: France-Rwanda-Mozambique: Paul Kagame Deploys Troops to Mozambique Following Visit by French President Emmanuel Macron) .



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   SADC Leaders, Consistant, Refuse to Acknowledge the Contribution of Rwandan Troops  in Mozambique

AfroAmerica Network received the statement dated January 12, 2022 on the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in Lilongwe, Malawi and led by  Malawi president Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, as  Chairperson of SADC. In the statement  the SADC  leaders referred to the findings  by and the conclusions from a SADC technical meeting held on January 11, 2022. The leaders thanked the SADC troops, under the command of SAMMI, for leading effective military and humanitarian operations and  achieving the objectives in their intervention and peacekeeping in Mozambique.

Nowhere, in the statement, Rwanda, Rwandan troops, or Rwandan personnel are mentionned. Instead, the SADC leaders specifically thank the personnel from South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe for an effective and efficient delivery of humanitarian aid in the regions impacted by the armed conflict in Mozambique.   The statement even refers to the Mozambique region of Cabo Delgado, an area rich in oil, gas and minerals, where the Rwandan troops were allegedly deployed to, confirming that,  contrary to highly publicized accounts by the Rwandan government and military,   SADC troops, instead of Rwanda troops,  fought  against insurgency and terrorism and brought peace in the region.

 According to AfroAmerica Network sources in Rwanda and Mozambique, the on-going civil war following a rebellion by an alleged islamic group in Mozambique was a major  factor in  the rapprochement between Emmanuel Macron and Paul Kagame. In fact, the Rwandan troops were deployed in the Mozambique region of Cabo Delgado, especially in Afungi,  an area rich in oil, gas and minerals,  under the exploitation by  the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) owned by French multinationals.


   Rwandan Military Leaders Not Happy With SADC STatement. What's Next.

The Rwanda government has always said that deployment of its troops was requested by Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi, not SADC.  Behind the scene, according to AfroAmerics sources in Rwanda and Mozambique, it was the execution of an elaborate plan adopted as follows: Mozambique President  had  approached the Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame to request that he sends troops into Mozambique as peace keepers. France was then to  help in convincing Paul Kagame and would provide enough funds for these operations. The successe by Rwandan troops were supposed to help  the French company Total to resume  its operations in Mozambique, suspended in 2021  after the site of the LNG project at Afungi was repeatedly attacked by the Islamic State rebels in late 2020 and early 2021, especially in March 2021 ()..

Hence,  according to AfroAmerica Network sources, close to the Rwandan military leaders, the SADC leaders' statement not acknowledging the contribution of Rwandan troops has led to disappointment, frustration, and anger towards SADC in general, specially  against South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the SADC commission in charge of politics, defence, and security.

Sources close to Mozambique president Felipe Jacinto Nyusi's office  have also informed AfroAmerica Network that Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame has been calling president Felipe Jacinto Nyusi and sending him envoys and agents, asking him what happened and why he did not oppose the publication of the statement that does not acknowledge and hails  Rwandan troops' intervention.

What is next:  Will Rwandan troops remain in Mozambique? Will France continue to provide support? What will follow?

AfroAmerica Network is still following the story.


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