Maputo, 14 January, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Catholic peace foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), has faulted reports that the Rwandan and Mozambican forces have stopped the operations of terrorists in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province.
Ministry of Defense (MOD) officials in Rwanda reported that the partnership between its military forces and those of Mozambique have been successful in "stopping and neutralizing the Ansar Al Sunnah Terrorists" who have been operating in Cabo Delgado.
MOD officials who were giving a report of the January 9 meeting between the Chiefs of staff of the Mozambican and Rwandan Armed Forces also announced the plans of the two militaries to start relocating Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from various camps in Cabo Delgado to their homes, a move that DHPI officials do not appreciate.
In a report shared with ACI Africa Thursday, January 13, DHPI officials say they continue “to receive numerous reports of ongoing atrocities against civilians, in the areas supposedly stabilized by Rwandan and Mozambican forces."
While disputing further the reports that calm has returned to Mozambique's northernmost Province, DHPI officials say, "At the end of the SADC Heads of States meeting that took place in Lilongwe, Malawi on 11 and 12 January, South African President Ramaphosa claimed that the insurgents had been neutralized. Almost as he was speaking, the village of Luneke in the District of Nangade was being attacked, with the population fleeing into the bush and the road between Mueda and Nangade being blocked by insurgents."