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Cabo Delgado: a gas Eldorado and security nightmare
Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique. © AI

Cabo Delgado: a gas Eldorado and security nightmare

The development of Cabo Delgado province's vast gas resources has brought with it the emergence of an armed insurgency, one that is yet to be clearly defined but is already impinging on Total and ExxonMobil's operations there. As the conflict worsens, President Nyusi has been prompted to seek foreign help.

Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique. © AI
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.

Foreign forces struggle to establish communications with Mozambican army top brass 

The speedy start of Rwandan army operations in Cabo Delgado has finally enabled Mozambique to reclaim the territories it had lost. The government's other military partners were not given the same opportunities to bring their troops into the conflict so quickly, however, and are struggling to establish contact with Mozambican army command structure which has been entirely reorganised by Filipe Nyusi.

Inner circles SADC Diplomacy 26/02/2021
Jorge Cardoso, head of the SADC Organ for Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security.

Jorge Cardoso gets to grips with SADC's security potential to contend with Cabo Delgado crisis 

Of all the directorates of the Southern African Development Community, the one charged with regional political, defence, and security issues is by far the most strategic. Headed by Angola's Jorge Cardoso, it has to humour the changing moods of the organisation's rotating presidents at a time when a SADC military response is increasingly expected in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province.

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