SADC Standby Force Mission cannot and must not fail- Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera

Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera says the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standby Force Mission to the Republic of Mozambique (SAMIM) is one that cannot and must not fail for the sake of the region’s peace and stability.

Speaking during the opening of the Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of states and government, Chakwera noted that the very stability of the region, peace and security and the sustainability of the grouping’s quest for the region’s integration and socio-economic development are at stake.

In Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region, people face the prospect of starvation and humiliation, living under the threat of cruelty and violence of the terrorists.

This has led to them fleeing their homes to escape the armed threats to their lives, and forced to abandon the fields they had hoped to be cultivating.

According to the SADC chairperson, the success of the mission depends on member’s resolve, support, unity and endurance.

“What remains now is for us to stay the course and stick together. We cannot relent. We cannot regress. We cannot retreat. Our approach to this mission must continue to be multidimensional and comprehensive. It must not only focus on neutralizing the threat, but also have a post-conflict plan to rebuild.

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Chakwera interacts with Mozambican President Fillipe Nyusi

“This is why I am grateful for the leadership of His Excellency President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi and the Government of Mozambique for launching a comprehensive Cabo Delgado Reconstruction Plan,”.

The Organ’s Troika whose chairperson is Cyril Ramaphosa continues to provide sterling leadership on matters of peace and security to ensure the region remains stable and on track.

He also applauded member states who have contributed personnel, equipment and financial resources towards the deployment and success of the Mission.

Chakwera spoke on the strides the mission has made in bringing peace and stability to the troubIed spot.

“I want you to know that the SADC Standby Mission to Mozambique (SAMIM) is making remarkable progress. For this, credit goes to the resilience of our troops, but also to the Leadership of the Mission.

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Some of the delegates at the Summit

“The success they have registered by standing shoulder to shoulder with the Defence Forces of the Republic of Mozambique has brought renewed hope to the affected population, particularly internally displaced persons, including women and children, as they look forward to a better tomorrow in which they can return to their homes.

“Considering the economic challenges that member states continue to face as a result of the negative impact of COVID-19 pandemic on our economies, your support to the Mission not only demonstrates the highest level of commitment to SADC’s peace and security, but also your humanity and solidarity with the far worse plight of those in Mozambique on the receiving end of this violence.”

Among others, the Reconstruction Plan seeks to provide humanitarian support to the affected population, including internally displaced persons and uplift their living standards.

It seeks to empower the people economically as a preventive measure against radicalization, especially among the youth, to reconstruct infrastructure, including schools, houses, hospitals and water facilities that have been destroyed by the terrorists.