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SADC should repel Mozambique terrorist groups: Mnangagwa

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said the regional bloc Southern African Development Community (SADC) should play a role in restoring political stability in neighbouring Mozambique.

Mnangagwa who is the outgoing chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security said terrorist attacks in Mozambique require a firm response from the region.

Conflict broke out in northern Mozambique last year resulting in killings, kidnappings of women and children as well as the destruction of infrastructure.

President Mnangagwa met Mozambique President Felipe Nyusi on April 30 on the security situation in some parts of Mozambique.

“In the past, we have stood together in the face of challenges and we have prevailed. It is imperative that we once more stand shoulder to shoulder and confront this and other challenges we may face working together in unity, we will yet again overcome,” said Mnangagwa at State House.

He said threat of terrorism has in the past decade assumed greater proportions. Regions that previously did not perceive the seriousness of the threat or seemed immune to terrorism are being targeted by terrorist.

“The threat is now becoming increasing complex blaring boundaries between political, religious and ideological extremism and crime. The modus operandi of the terrorist groups are intricate and elaborate. SADC region is equally affected by this growing risk of violent religious extremism, radicalisation and terrorism, a worrying situation for peace, security and development in our region,” he said.

“Successfully preventing and combating terrorism requires renewed and a firm commitment from all SADC members states. It also calls for enhanced joint action given the transnational nature of the terrorist groups.”

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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