SADC urged to focus on Mozambican lives more than Zim

By Derick Tsimba

Today the social media platform is flooded with sentiments on #Zimbabwelivesmatter spreading anti Zimbabwe propaganda drawing the attention of United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) amongst others on Zimbabwe instead of Mozambique which is being ransacked by Islamists, the Harare Post can report.

A highly placed source speaking to this publication said, “Mozambique has a genuine cause for attention for their lives matter as well, even more as they are faced with an imminent war, they need protection from the barbarism acts of gross human violations met by their innocent citizens through Islamist insurgencies in that country.”

The source said the ignorance of those spearheading Zimbabwe lives matter at a time when there are unrests in Mozambique which are being caused by Islamist insurgencies prevents Mozambique from getting assistance.

“At this juncture UN, EU and SADC should not focus on Zimbabwe but instead they should redirect their energies to Mozambique because there is a much bigger crisis of human rights violations with hundreds of people losing their lives while thousands are being displaced from their homes and livelihoods.

“The real issue at hand is that Mozambican lives matter even more at this point because of the insurgency in that country. SADC life matters because whatever is happening in Mozambique has a domino effect to the rest of the SADC region. SADC should focus on Mozambique and not Zimbabwe.  SADC member states in their respective countries should not lose focus by listening to opposition misfits working with disgruntled disposed Zimbabwean politicians. SADC has real matters to deal with and will not be part of misdirected political interests,” said the source.

The Harare Post has learnt that there is an increase of armed violence in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, which has caused several thousands to flee to Pemba, seeking safety.  Not much is being done to bring awareness and intervention to stop these atrocities and the growing violence occurring in Cabo Delgado, North Mozambique where more than 700,000 people have been affected.

From October 2017, more than 700 civilians have been attacked and killed by the armed group of the Islamic State and other militants called the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama or Ansar al-Sunna (meaning ‘supporters of tradition’).  This violence erupted in Cabo Delgado after companies discovered massive oil and gas deposits in the region. The French oil giant Total recently said the insurgency continues to wreak havoc on its liquefied natural gas project in the province.