The capture of Palma, five kilometres from major gas infrastructure at Afungi, illustrates the difficulties faced by Mozambique's armed forces and the Dyck Advisory Group in trying to secure the region. Dyck has teamed up with Canadian security giant GardaWorld to try and do a better job of it.
With Total demanding significant security guarantees from the Mozambican military, Nyusi is currently without a chief of staff after the incumbent died less than a month after his appointment. His successor will be faced with the task of protecting the gas majors from the jihadist insurrection, which is hindering the extraction of the country's natural resources.
France, Portugal, and Italy are not the only ones paying attention to the conflict in northern Mozambique. Other members of the European Union, chief among them Germany, are increasingly interested in Maputo, both by offering their good offices and in seizing economic opportunities.