Region launches military mission as Rwanda helps retake Mozambique towns
Southern African countries on Monday inaugurated a regional military mission to help Mozambique take back control of its gas-rich northern province from jihadists that have been rampaging across towns and villages for nearly four years.news.yahoo.com
5 die in stampede to view body of Tanzania's Magufuli
Members of the military carry the body of former president John Magufuli to lie in state at Uhuru stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Saturday, March 20, 2021. Tens of thousands of Tanzanians came out to view Magufuli's body at Uhuru Stadium in the country's largest city, Dar es Salaam, over the weekend. Suzan Mtua, 30, died with four school-age children from the same family when there was a stampede of people wanting to view the body Sunday, Heri Mtua, a family spokesman, said. “The children had demanded they also attend the funeral of President Magufuli,” he said. President Samia Suluhu Hassan, who was Magufuli's vice president and succeeded him, was joined by nine African heads of state on Monday for Magufuli's state funeral.
Mozambique accused of abuses in its fight against extremists
In their battle against the extremists the Mozambican military and police are committing human rights abuses, charges the Amnesty report. Mozambique's extremists have allied themselves with the Islamic State group, taking the name Islamic State Central African Province. In the videos studied by Amnesty, the soldiers speak Portuguese and Shangaan, a language from southern Mozambique. Government troops lost control of Mocmboa da Praia around August 11, after intense fighting in and around the town and port. The government has since been reportedly gathering troops in the nearest towns of Mueda and Palma, viewed as preparation for an offensive to retake Mocmboa da Praia.