What are the differing perspectives on the role and potential regarding the involvement/ intervention by regional actors such as SADC in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique?
Some facts to consider:
On July 16, the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax presented instruments of authority for deployment of the SADC Standby Force to the Republic of Mozambique, marking a major step in the regional effort to combat terrorism and violent extremism in the northern part of Cabo Delgado. The SADC’s Standby Force in Mozambique includes troops from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, and Tanzania. Botswana in July said it was sending nearly 300 troops to Mozambique while South Africa would send up to 1 495. Zimbabwe will send trainers from its military. It is not clear what Tanzania’s contribution will be – so far only a Tanzanian transport aircraft has been spotted in Mozambique. On Sunday 8 August, a Lesotho Defence Force (LDF) Contingent Advanced Team to Mozambique left for Mozambique’s insurgency-hit Cabo Delgado province. It comprises 12 soldiers, according to LDF Public Affairs Officer Captain Sakeng Lekola, and will be followed by another 113 LDF members, who will be transported by an Angolan aircraft. Angola announced last month it was deploying 20 officers and a transport aircraft to Cabo Delgado as part of the SADC mission. It appears Angola is assisting with airlift duties – an Angolan Ilyushin Il-76 transport was seen in Botswana to airlift military cargo meant for the Botswana Defence Force. An Angolan Il-76 was also spotted at Air Force Base Waterkloof outside Pretoria over the weekend, indicating Angola could also be assisting the South African contingent with logistics.