The conflict and upcoming reconstruction of the oil and gas-rich Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique is a stage for local, regional and international actors’ selfish interests says Joseph Hanlon, an expert on Mozambique and a senior lecturer at the United Kingdom’s Open University. “Several countries want a military presence in Mozambique, including three with imperial pretensions that Mozambique does not want, but must accept. South Africa, Portugal and the United States, that’s precisely why Mozambique wanted Rwanda and not them,” he said. “There’s also a brawl between all the aid agencies that want to help,” Hanlon said, describing them as competing forces that are clashing with the government on how they should operate.