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.
Like the Dyck Advisory Group, Archipelago, the helicopter operator now working for the Mozambican police and interior minister Amade Miquidade, is linked to the group of companies in charge of protecting national parks. It is also active in tourism in Cabo Delgado.
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.
Defence firms Dyck Advisory Group and Paramount have cornered the counter-insurgency market in Mozambique. Paramount will provide the army with ground an air support, while Dyck is extending his collaboration with the police. Both are due to heavily equip Mozambique's forces.
President Filipe Nyusi is unhappy with the approach to containing the insurrection in Cabo Delgado proposed by Dyck Advisory Group and its subcontractors, the arms trader Panzer Logistics and the private security firm STTEP International.