Zimbabwe has rallied SADC member states to address the Islamic Insurgence in Mozambique saying it was a threat to regional peace, stability and growth.
The Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, officiating at the 12th Academic Graduation Ceremony held at the Zimbabwe Staff College today, told delegates that the SADC region is under threats from acts of terrorism in Mozambique. She said:
Our region is under serious threat from acts of terrorism and other forms of non-traditional threats which require sophisticated strategies to overcome. In that regard, our government is deeply concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Mozambique, which is threatening peace and socio-economic development of the region. Mozambique is our gateway to the sea, therefore, any form of attack on our neighbour has a direct impact on us. There is need for collective effort in the region, to deal with this emerging threat. Reports suggest that Islamist militants are killing civilians in the northern Cabo Delgado province.
Recently, President Emmerson Mnangagwa expressed concern over increased reports of armed violence in the neighbouring country.
He said Zimbabwe stood ready to assist Mozambique in fighting terrorism.