The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Double Troika Summit has directed that there should be an immediate technical deployment in dealing with Islamic insurgence that has erupted in Mozambique`s Cabo Delgado province.
The development follows a long-day meeting for six African leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region on Thursday in Maputo which aimed at deliberating measures to address the crisis in the gas rich region.
According to a communique released after completion of the summit, the leaders have condemned the attacks in strongest terms.
“Double Troika Summit 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 in Cabo Delgado Province of the Republic Mozambique.
“Condemned the terrorist attacks in strongest terms; and affirmed that such heinous attacks cannot be allowed to continue without proportionate region response,” reads the communique in part.
The summit has also agreed to convene and an Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ by 28th April 2021 that will report to the Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit on 29th April 2021.
President Lazarus Chakwera, who was also in attendance of the Summit, arrived in the country on Thursday night through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe.
The leaders have since pledged for SADC`s continued commitment to contribute towards the efforts to bring about lasting peace and security, as well as reconciliation and development in Mozambique.
The Islamic insurgence has seen death of dozens of civilians and at least 11, 000 people have been displaced whilst others are seeking asylum in neighbouring Tanzania.