By Jorge Joaquim
The Government of Rwanda will today (9) start the deployment of a 1,000-person contingent of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) to Cabo Delgado Province, Mozambique, which is currently affected by terrorism and insecurity, according to a statement from the Rwandan government seen by Pan African Visions.
The Joint Force will work closely with Mozambique Armed Defence Forces (FADM) and forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in designated sectors of responsibility.
The Rwandan contingent will support efforts to restore Mozambican state authority by conducting combat and security operations, as well as stabilisation and security-sector reform (SSR), says the statement.
This deployment, it adds, is based on the good bilateral relations between the Republic of Rwanda and the Republic of Mozambique, following the signing of several agreements between the two countries in 2018, and is grounded in Rwanda’s commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine and the 2015 Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians.
Rwanda’s forces will work alongside Mozambique’s defence and security forces and a deployment from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which is due to begin on 15 July, according to an unconfirmed letter apparently sent by SADC’s executive secretary to the secretary-general of the United Nations on 7 July.