Rwanda forces in Palma, Mozambique

Rwanda forces capture Mozambican city of Praia but criticism of Kagame grows

THE Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) says its troops in Mozambique have captured the port city of Mocímboa da Praia, a major stronghold of the Islamist insurgents for more than two years.

However, Kagame faces accusations that he deployed troops under a shady arrangement with French President Emmanuel Macron, who in early July was in Kigali.

Critics say Kagame is securing the interest of French Oil Multi national company Total, and that he is also “keeping them busy with UN missions and paid missions like how they are fighting alongside Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic.”

The capture of the Mozambican city comes after RDF announced early last week that its troops and the Mozambican forces battling the Islamic State-linked terrorist group in Cabo Delgado Province were advancing on the strategic port city of Mocimboa da Praia from three fronts.

Mozambican forces were advancing from the south of the city situated along the coast of the Indian Ocean while their Rwandan allies were moving in from the north and west of this major city which, among others, has an airport and a port.

Soldiers or mercenaries: Critics say Kagame is securing the interest of French oil multinational company Total, and that he is also “keeping his soldiers busy with UN missions and paid missions like how they are fighting alongside Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic” to avoid a coup at home

However, this Sunday, RDF announced on its official Twitter handle that the port city had been captured from the grip of insurgents who took it from Government authority in early 2019.

“The port city of Mocímboa da Praia, a major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces. The city also holds the District Headquarters and Airport,” RDF said in a statement.

Rwanda’s forces in the northern Mozambique region are subdivided into two operational corridors, the main one being the Afungi-Palma-Mocimboa da Praia axis, from the north.

The second front by Rwandan forces is the Mueda-Awasse-Mocimboa da Praia subsidiary axis, from the west of the target district and city.

In Afungi, an already liberated coastal town with an airport and Liquefied Natural Gas facilities, Rwandan forces on Saturday, August 7, indicated that Mocimboa da Praia which is located about 80 kilometres, by road, southwards, was their main objective.

Soldiers or mercenaries: Critics say Kagame is securing the interest of French oil multinational company Total, and that he is also “keeping his soldiers busy with UN missions and paid missions like how they are fighting alongside Russian mercenaries in Central African Republic” to avoid a coup at home

According to Maj Nicolas Kato, an operations officer, Rwandan troops on Saturday, killed four insurgents as well as captured three machine guns, six grenades and two rocket propelled grenades in a village called Nantelemule in Mocimboa da Praia district.

“We are not operating alone; the host nation’s force is now on the move in the south on the Macomia axis and is moving up to Messalo River to blockade the enemy,” said Maj Kato.

“As we speak, four from the enemy side were killed this morning in Quellimane. The main objective is to get to Mocimboa da Praia and remove the enemy, cutting all their supply lines. The insurgents are using the airport and port for their logistics.” – HourlyHits/ New Times

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