A crack unit of highly-charged Rwanda Special Forces continues to be on the offensive in Rwanda, with France24 reporting that the Rwandese have driven insurgents back to the northern Mozambique border with Tanzania.
Rwanda deployed 1,000 special forces into Mozambique following a request by the oil-rich SADC nation, at a time SADC is still haggling over which of its member states will command a force that’s deploying soon.
However, a report by France24 says despite the early success of the Rwandese forces, their presence on Mozambican soil has torched fresh controversy as it emerged that the agreement which led to Rwanda forces going into Mozambique was shrouded in secrecy.
Conspiracy in Mozambican streets is that while the Rwandese are in Mozambique, it is France that picks up the bill.
The Rwandese troops have mainly concentrated on the areas where global petroleum giant Total has assets, and the deployed came on the back of meetings between Rwanda President Paul Kagame and French President Emmanuel Macron.
The quick manner in which President Felipé Nyusi accepted Rwandese forces is also flagged as suspicious for a man who remains hesitant to welcome a SADC deployment. Also, Nyusi apparently never consulted his Parliament to seek its approval, fuelling suspicions among his critics that there is much to the deal beyond securing peace for Mozambicans.
The cost of hosting the foreign soldiers on the Mozambican economy is also a subject of debate in the resourced but impoverished SADC nation.
Watch the report by France24 below:
The Rwandan forces are deployed to near the of Nangade in Nangade district, west of Palma. – Zimbabwe Voice ■