The President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, warned yesterday, January 23, that no province in the country “is immune to the action of terrorists,” pointing to the prevention and combat of armed groups as a priority.
“The actions of terrorism can occur anywhere in the national territory, no province can feel immune,” declared Nyusi, at the inauguration of the new deputy minister of Health, Ilesh Jani, and five new secretaries of state.
The head of state said that even provinces that have not suffered attacks by armed groups can be the scene of recruitment of members or sources of funding.
In this sense, the priority of local governments – he continued – should be to prevent and combat terrorism, since violence threatens the lives of the population and is a major obstacle to development.
The President also appealed to the leaders invested yesterday in new functions to boost the execution of programs to fight poverty and develop the country.
The province of Cabo Delgado has been facing an armed insurgency for five years with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.
The insurgency has led to a military response since July 2021 with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), liberating districts near gas projects, but new waves of attacks have emerged in the south of the region and in neighboring Nampula province.
The conflict has left one million people displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and about 4,000 dead, according to the ACLED conflict registration project.