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The rise of ISIS in the Great Lakes Region

By Dr.David Matsanga and correspondents

Pan African Forum (UK) Ltd is very disturbed by the current capture of a port by ISIS in Mozambique. The rise of ISIS in Mozambique is a very worrying security concern in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. It is a major security threat to the entire continent.

The Southern African region is facing a new threat in the form of Islamic terrorism which is ravaging the Northern parts of Mozambique. There are Governments in Western Europe and the Gulf states that we must call out on this matter .

It is now clear that the struggle for Mozambique resources by international companies has brought terrorism ns a country recovering from a hurricane that ravaged the northern part.

My question is why the AU kept silent while these attacks continue to kill a nation on the continent. The sponsors of ISIS are well known and the origins are well documented and yet we have looked on without protest.

It must be known that just recently they took over a port which shall be used as a corridor to bring many weapons which can find their way into other nations which border Mozambique like Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tanzania, Swaziland and Malawi.

The entire East Africa and SADC must act to defeat these terrorists as once they win in Mozambique they shall surely expand into Tanzania which is closer to Cabo Delgado region.

The SADC Organ on Politics Security and Defence must deploy troops to defeat these terrorists as they are the new pawns used by the West to loot resources.

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The question is why did ISIS start to ravage Mozambique the moment Haliburton got a contract to explore natural gas in the North. Isn’t this a question of the USA wanting to deploy its own forces to protect Halibutorn then loot the gas reserves.

The West has been known to sow seeds of disunity or cause civil wars to destabilize nations with resources. DRC has been a victim of these proxy wars since the 1960s, Angola had UNITA which was well equipped, and were it not for Cuba then Luanda could have fallen.

UNITA was backed by the same Western powers that were propping the War in DRC and were it not for Operation Sovereign Legitimacy after the murder of Laurent Desire Kabila then Kinshasa would have fallen.

Renamo was created by Ken Flower and later supported by Apartheid SA and Malawi under the late Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda and were it not for the heroics of Zimbabwe Defence Forces then the war could have spread to reach Inhambane and possibly Maputo.

The Mozambican war ended in 1992 though the nation hasn’t enjoyed relative peace and calm as there have been sporadic insurgents and banditry activities. The destabilization of Mozambique should not be ignored as this is a template likely to be used in other nations as well.

The SADC needs to deploy troops to fight this western sponsored feasibility project which they intend to export to the entire region thus loot the resources. The AU through President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to deploy AU’s standby brigade to help a member state facing an enemy that can be deployed in each of its member states.

Mozambique needs to be helped and what’s worrying is the usual human rights champions are quiet when ordinary people are murdered and the likes of EFF are silent. DA is actually happy as a destabilized Mozambique is good for their kin who invested in Mozambique just after the 1992 war.

The rhetoric we usually hear from the West about human rights is nowhere to be seen as they are behind the destabilisation of Mozambique’s north.Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Tanzania must act as they did in the case of DRC to stand by Mozambique in actual fact all governments led by Liberation movements must help Mozambique.

The creators of ISIS want to paint Islam as a violent religion thus creating sectarian violence which will spread like wildfires in the entire continent and a case in point is Nigeria.

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Mozambican and AfricanLives matter is a hashtag that must be trending now in the entire African continent but the keyboard warriors paid by the West are quiet as they don’t stand to benefit from fighting a just cause.

The Mozambican government needs to reward the nations that would have helped them in this just war by awarding them some gas concessions as its wiser to thank your fellow brother who stands by you in times of crisis than an enemy who brings calamity.

Security in the region has been compromised by western countries that are demanding a share of Gas, oil, and other minerals in the Southern Region of Africa. As they try to destabilize the region, AUC has gone in bed with some of the nations that have created this chaos.

If we don’t wake up we shall have a huge war that will destroy lives in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and it will affect the entire continent.

God bless Africa.

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