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Mozambique: Rwandan troops celebrate first success, South Africa forces arrive

By Carien du Plessis

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Posted on July 29, 2021 06:45

Rwandan military troops depart for Mozambique, at the Kigali International Airport in Kigali
Rwandan military troops depart for Mozambique. At the Kigali International Airport in Kigali, Rwanda July 10, 2021. REUTERS/Jean Bizimana

Battle-hardened Rwandan soldiers have claimed their first victories over insurgents in northern Mozambique. Meanwhile South Africa is beginning to deploy its troops to its neighbour to enforce SADC’s operation to stamp out the Islamist insurgency in the north.

The Rwandan Joint Force that was deployed to Mozambique is already celebrating its first successes against insurgents, while the first soldiers from the long-awaited Southern African Development Community (SADC) have only started trickling in.

There is also some uncertainty within SADC member countries as well as within its secretariat about how their forces will operate alongside the Rwandan troops, who were sent after a bilateral agreement with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.

The deployment of the SADC troops – who could comprise up to 3000 members – took months to negotiate. It was initially complicated when Nyusi maintained that Mozambique could solve its own problems, but he later relented and accepted assistance.

Rwandan successes

Rwandan Defence Force spokesperson Colonel Ronald Rwivanga has confirmed that the Rwanda Joint Force, consisting of 700 members from its military and

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