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The Patriot on Sunday

The Patriot on Sunday

A Sunday broadsheet newspaper that focuses on business and politics. It started publishing on Sunday 11th November 2012.

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BDF WITHDRAWS FROM MOZAMBIQUEThe forces from the Southern African Development Community Mission (SAMIM), who are fighting islamist terrorism in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado since 2022, have started to withdraw.According to the DefenceWeb platform, Botswana is the first troop contributing country (TCC) whose troops are leaving ahead of mission closure in July, three years after SAMIM deployed in Mozambique to help the Mozambican defence and security forces fight the terrorism that has been plaguing some districts of Cabo Delgado since 2017.The Botswana Defence Force (BDF) contingent, according to SAMIM Public Information Operations Officer Captain Tshepiso Mantjane, had been operational in Cabo Delgado since October 2023 and, along with other TCCs, was part of offensive operations to neutralize terrorists as well as to engage in quick impact projects. The latter are mission initiatives to better the lives of local residents returning home after being displaced by terrorist actions.SAMIM Acting Head of Mission J. Shikongo Shikongo and SAMIM Force Commander Major General Patrick Dube, according to Mantjane, told a farewell parade on 5 April for the Botswana contingent that their “commitment, resilience, and determination” coupled with the overall joint efforts of the mission will have “a positive and lasting impact”.Other troop contributing countries are Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.The SAMIM mandate includes helping Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism in Cabo Delgado by neutralizing the terrorist threat and restoring security to create a secure environment.Other mandate points are strengthening and maintaining peace and security, restoring law and order in affected areas of Cabo Delgado and supporting Mozambique, in collaboration with humanitarian agencies, in providing humanitarian relief to Mozambicans affected by terrorist activities, including internally displaced persons (IDPs).Mozambican Foreign Minister Veronica Macamo has to date been the only person to provide a reason for the SAMIM shutdown. In late March, speaking after a meeting between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his Zambian counterpart Hakainde Hichilema, the current chairperson of the SADC body on Co-operation in Politics, Defense and Security, Macamo said that SAMIM will depart in July due to a lack of funds.“SAMIM is facing some financial problems. We also have to take care of our own troops and we would have difficulty paying for SAMIM. Our countries are not managing to raise the necessary money”, she said.Macamo also told reporters that, given its budgetary limitations, the Southern African regional bloc opted to prioritise its mission in the DRC (SAMIDRC) ahead of SAMIM.However, Rwanda plans to send more troops to Mozambique. Brigadier General Patrick Karuretwa, head of international cooperation in the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF), told journalists in Kigali that additional Rwandan soldiers would help fill the gap left by SAMIM’s departure.“We shall train Mozambican soldiers to occupy the places where SAMIM used to be stationed. We are also increasing the number of our own forces, and making them more mobile, so that they can cover larger areas,” he said.The logistics for the new Rwandan contingent will apparently be financed by the European Union. Last week, the European Union said it will disburse roughly 20 million Euros to assist the Rwandan mission in Cabo Delgado, under the EU programme for the promotion of world peace.Rwanda has some 2 500 troops and police in Mozambique, under a bilateral agreement with Mozambique and outside the SADC arrangement.Source: AIM ... See MoreSee Less
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#InPictures The Umbrella For Democratic Change (UDC) is this morning hosting the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Palapye. Photos Credit: [UDC] ... See MoreSee Less
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KCT message of condolences to the family members of the 45 deceased in a bus accident during Ester Holidays in Limpopo province, SA Kweneng Council Trust (KCT), a Community Social Responsibility arm of the Kweneng District Council, would like to express heart felt condolences to the families of the 45 St Angenas Zion Christian Church members who tragically lost their lives in a bus accident in South Africa during the Easter Holidays.The tragic event which has been reported across the world, left Batswana shell-shocked and reeling in pain, and has compelled the nation to be united in comforting each other, family members and St Angenas Zion Christian Church.The Trust therefore extend further condolences to the church, Bakwena and the nation at large. The Trust believe that such a tragic event can only strengthen us as a nation to face such a calamity with resolve and find comfort in each other’s arms.KCT appreciate St Angenas Zion Christian Church, the government of Botswana, Limpopo provincial government, the South African government, and Batswana in general for the overwhelming support, and prayers extended to the bereaved and to Bakwena in Molepolole.The Trust hope and believe that the only survivor of the accident, an 8 year old girl, will with time, find healing and comfort.“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”-2 Corinthians 13:14.Charles Keikotlhae Kweneng Council Trust (Chairperson) ... See MoreSee Less
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