Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
Press Release
05/09/14
THE 19TH SESSION OF THE BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY HELD IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA FROM 1ST -5TH SEPTEMBER 2014

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THE 19TH SESSION OF THE BOTSWANA/ZAMBIA JOINT PERMANENT COMMISSION ON DEFENCE AND SECURITY HELD IN GABORONE, BOTSWANA FROM 1ST -5TH SEPTEMBER 2014

 

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1.           The 19th Session of the Botswana/Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held in Gaborone, Botswana from 1st – 5th September 2014.

 

2.           The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Honourable Dikgakgamatso Ndelu SERETSE, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and included Honourable Edwin Jenamiso BATSHU, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Honourable Gaotlhaetse Utlwang Sankoloba MATLHABAPHIRI, Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration and senior Government officials.

 

3.           The delegation of the Republic of Zambia was led by Honourable Edgar LUNGU, MP, Minister of Defence and Justice and included Honourable Stephen KAMPYONGO, MP, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and senior Government officials.

 

4.           The Commission deliberated on issues of mutual interest in the areas of defence and security.  It further reviewed progress made in the implementation of resolutions passed during the 18th Session held in Livingstone, Zambia from 2nd - 5th December 2013.  The Commission committed to further enhance the existing co-operation between the defence and security institutions within the two countries and noted with satisfaction the progress made thus far.  

5.           The Commission also reviewed the political and security situation in Botswana and Zambia during the period under review and noted, with satisfaction, that it had remained stable.

 

6.           The Commission noted the continued co-operation in fighting transnational crimes such as illegal migration, money laundering, illicit drug trafficking, fraud and smuggling of goods, poaching and human trafficking. In this regard, the Commission undertook to enhance the exchange of information and capacity building.

 

7.           The Commission noted with satisfaction increasing cooperation between the two countries’ security agencies, together with those of Namibia and Zimbabwe, relating to anti-poaching strategies and proposed joint operations. This cooperation and operational alignment of the four countries’ security agencies should send a clear message to poachers that there is unity of purpose in dealing with poaching.

 

 

8.           The Commission noted with appreciation the positive political developments in the region characterized by voluntary disarmament of rebel forces in the DRC and progress in the peace process between the Government of Mozambique and Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO). The Commission further applauded the successful conduct of elections in Madagascar, Malawi and South Africa in the SADC region.  Meanwhile, the Zambian delegation wished the Government and the people of Botswana peaceful and successful general elections scheduled for the 24th October 2014.

 

9.           The Commission, however, noted with concern the recent political developments in Lesotho and expressed optimism that the ongoing SADC mediation effort would resolve the matter.

 

10.           The Commission noted with great concern the outbreak of the Ebola virus presently affecting some parts of Africa. The disease poses a great risk to the capacity of the already strained health systems. The Commission expressed its appreciation of the measures undertaken by SADC countries to combat the deadly virus and to this effect agreed that experts immediately meet to find ways to coordinate movement of trucks from Ebola affected countries, particularly from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

 

11.           The Commission noted that the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Kazungula bridge will be conducted by His Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr. Ponatshego Kedikilwe and His Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Guy Scott on 12th September 2014 in Kazungula.

 

12.           The Botswana delegation extended its commendation and well wishes to the Government and people of Zambia as they commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Independence (Golden Jubilee) on the 24th October 2014.

 

13.           In response, the Zambian delegation expressed its profound gratitude to the Government and the people of the Republic of Botswana for the warm hospitality.

 

14.           Further, the Zambian delegation extended an invitation to the Botswana delegation to the 20th Session of the Botswana-Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to be held in Zambia in 2015, on a date and venue to be mutually agreed upon.

 

15.           The meeting was conducted in a friendly manner, characteristic of the strong bond of friendship that exists between the two Republics.

 

Gaborone, Botswana

4th September 2014

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