Mzati Nkolokosa links MCP training of militia to Malawi’s support of Islamic insurgency in troubled Mozambique



FROM THE MIND OF (Mzati Nkolokosa) – History has a way of repeating itself.

Thirty-five years ago, President of Mozambique, Samora Machel, was killed in a plane crash in Mbuzini, South Africa.

Malawi was named as one of the schemers of Machel’s death. Two weeks before his death, Machel took a team of his officials and journalists to Tete and showed them missiles directed at Malawi.

eNCA’s Dan Moyane was among the journalists and he recalls Machel assuring his listeners that Malawi would be bombed in days. Two weeks later, Machel died in a plane crash that remains a mystery.

Dr.  Kamuzu Banda, president of Malawi and the ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) was an island in SADC region, working with the apartheid government to destablise Mozambique. Malawi, through Malawi Young Pioneers, was supporting RENAMO rebels.

Thirty-five years later, MCP is back in power, with Dr Lazarus Chakwera as President. Thirty-five years later, Al-Shabab is terrorising Mozambique and Malawi is accused of supporting the terrorists.

Thirty-five years later, MCP stands accused of training 75 youths at Mtakataka. When the question was asked in Parliament weeks ago, Leader of the House Mr Richard Chimwendo Banda, on a point of order, said the training was “a matter of state security” and Parliament’s standing orders do not allow the House to discuss such matters.

Michiru Digest SADC Security Affairs Editor Azad Joao is following Malawi’s troubles in the region and says Maputo suspects the 75 youths could be part of the team to destabilise Mozambique, whose president Filipe Nyusi and his Defense Minister Jaime Neto have accused the insurgents of being armed from outside the country.

“In this terror threat, we have signs of involvement of foreigners who are recruiting and training local youth, and also equipping them…,” Nyusi said on 10 August 2020.

Of the four countries that intersect with Mzambique — Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia — only Malawi is the prime suspect, according to sources familiar with SADC security affairs.

Our relations with neighbours are at their lowest, perhaps worse than in Dr. Banda days.

We have messed up with Tanzania. President Chakwera’s trip to Tanzania last September was cut short by a day.

Chakwera in Mozambique on Thursday during a SADC Double troika summit

Mozambique is angry with us because of our suspected involvement in the terror or something close to the terror. South Africa is angry, too, because Pretoria believes Lilongwe stole Shepherd Bushiri. We messed up with the Arab World because of our choice to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Thirty-five years ago, the apartheid government of South Africa stood with Malawi. The setting is different now. The democratic government of South Africa is standing with SADC in general and the people of Mozambique in particular.

Malawi is on her own. We are on our own.

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