The Zimbabwean president, frustrated with SADC's position on the Cabo Delgado crisis, caught his fellow leaders off guard when he unilaterally announced that the organisation's military force would intervene in the troubled province. Mnangagwa's statement was in sharp contrast to SADC's usually prudent language.
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.
To train Filipe Nyusi's soldiers in counter-insurgency operations, foreign service providers to the Mozambican army are travelling to Cabo Delgado with the help of Solenta, the transport company employed by Total, which operates the Afungi gas operations.
Portugal would like to somehow get involved in military operations in Cabo Delgado, as would France, which wants to defend Total's interests there. But President Filipe Nyusi is refusing any such foreign state participation and is exclusively relying on the Dyck Advisory Group