The mandate of southern African troops helping fight an Islamist insurgency in gas-rich Mozambique has been extended once again, but with no defined end date.

The SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) was initially deployed in July last year and, in early October, its mandate was extended to 15 January 2022.

A 3000-strong armed force from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) began deployment in Mozambique in late July 2021, a few weeks after the arrival of 1000 Rwandan soldiers who had quickly regained control of Mocimboa da Praia port – a stronghold of the insurgents in Cabo Delgado province – as well as Palma, near TotalEnergies’ stalled Mozambique LNG site.