The mandate of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) troop deployment in Mozambique’s insurgency-hit Cabo Delgado province has been extended by about one month.

News of the extension emerged yesterday just as President Filipe Nyusi reported that a major insurgency base had been captured.

The SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) has been active in Mozambique since July last year, shortly after Rwanda armed forces landed in the country and made major headways against the insurgents, securing Palma town — close to the Mozambique liquefied natural gas project’s construction site — and Mocimboa da Praia port.