Armed forces from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have started to deploy to Mozambique in an effort to help Maputo quell the Islamist insurgency in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.

Troops from Botswana arrived in Mozambique this week, joining a 1000-strong force contingent from Rwanda which has been battling insurgents this month in Palma — close to the site of TotalEnergies’ stalled Mozambique LNG project — and an advance party of South African soldiers.

The Rwandan deployment raised the ire of Mozambique’s SADC allies, who have been trying to persuade President Filipe Nyusi to accept only regional help.