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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.

MOZAMBIQUE Politics 15/11/2021
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi.
Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi. © Baz Ratner/Reuters

Nyusi paves the way for his successor over the next year 

President Nyusi's latest reshuffles within the Mozambican security apparatus were carried out to prepare for the ruling Frelimo party congress scheduled for next September. The congress will be all about choosing Nyusi's successor, but the party's powerful central committee will also hold him accountable for his handling of the Cabo Delgado crisis. [...]

Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi during the extraordinary SADC summit in Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021.
Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi during the extraordinary SADC summit in Pretoria, South Africa, 5 October 2021. © Phill Magakoe/EPA/Pool/MaxPPP

The band of diplomats relaying Nyusi's messages on Cabo Delgado across Africa and beyond 

Since arriving in power in 2015, President Filipe Nyusi has little by little restructured his diplomatic corps, which serves as a vital tool for conveying to the international community justification for the army's lack of results in the conflict-hit region of Cabo Delgado. [...]

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi. © Reuters

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, head of the SADC Organ for Cooperation in Politics, Defense and Security. © SADC

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. [...]

MOZAMBIQUE Business 12/05/2020
On 24 April, the Helix intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft operated by its South African sister company Ultimate Aviation was spotted on the ground at Pemba airport.
On 24 April, the Helix intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft operated by its South African sister company Ultimate Aviation was spotted on the ground at Pemba airport. © CADG

Multi-sector contractor CADG expands presence in the skies over Cabo Delgado 

In late April, defence and engineering service group CADG sent up several of its reconnaissance aircraft over the province of Cabo Delgado, which has become a battleground for private sector operators since the beginnng of the insurrection in 2017. [...]

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