Emmanuel Matambo | Palma siege: Reflections of Mozambican government's ineffectual leadership

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Soldiers from the Mozambican army patrol the streets after security in the area was increased, following a two-day attack from suspected islamists.
Soldiers from the Mozambican army patrol the streets after security in the area was increased, following a two-day attack from suspected islamists.
PHOTO: Adrien Barbier/AFP

If Mozambique is unable to deal with its internal problems, such as corruption, social discord among religious and ethnic groups, and the fortification of security, then it and SADC and the AU should prepare for more terrorist attacks, writes Emmanuel Matambo. 

The 24 March 2021 assault on Palma, a town in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province, has excited global outrage.

Militants launched a daring siege of the town, killing dozens and forcing many more people into hasty flight. The frequency and scale of the attacks, which started in earnest in 2017, testify how Mozambique's government has hitherto failed to contain the growing insurgency.

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