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Mozambique’s President, Filipe Nyusi, said on Wednesday that terrorism can only be defeated through unity among Mozambicans, reiterating that “evil” cannot be allowed to spread through the country.
“Terrorism has already proved that it is an enemy that can only be defeated if there is unity among Mozambicans and if the whole world unites,” Filipe Nyusi said during the opening of the four-day coordinating council of the Ministry of Defence.
For the head of state, the union of all in the fight against terrorism will curb the possibility of insurgent groups “penetrating and thriving” in their incursions, recalling that the combination of joint forces, from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Rwanda, has been “fundamental”.
“We cannot allow this evil to spread through the country,” Nyusi noted, launching an appeal for everyone to contribute to the pacification of the country.
His speech came at a time when there are signs of the insurgency spreading to Niassa province, neighbouring Cabo Delgado, with sporadic attacks on remote points that have already caused some 3,000 people to flee these places, according to the latest figures from the authorities.
Faced with the threats, Filipe Nyusi demanded that the defence sector be “more proactive”, anticipating combat measures, analysing scenarios, their links and manifestations, as well as maintaining respect for human rights.
“We want clear and concise proposals on the route that the national defence sector should follow for the effective and efficient execution of the tasks assigned to it,” he stressed.
The province of Cabo Delgado is rich in natural gas, but terrorised since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.
The conflict has led to more than 3,100 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project, and more than 817,000 displaced people, according to Mozambican authorities.
Watch President Nyusi’s full speech.