Ministry of Defence Justice and Security(MDJS)
Press Release
23/10/15
PRESS RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE

1.     The 24th Session of the Botswana/Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held in Phakalane Golf Resort Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana, from 19 - 23 October 2015.

 

2.     The delegation of the Republic of Botswana was led by Honourable Shaw KGATHI, MP, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and it included Honourable Edwin J. BATSHU, MP, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Honourable Eric M. MOLALE, the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Ms. Segakweng TSIANE, the Chairperson of the Senior Officials meeting and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Justice and Security, and other senior Government officials.

 

3.     The delegation of the Republic of Namibia was led by Hon. Penda YA NDAKOLO, MP, Minister of Defence and it included Hon. Pendukeni IIVULA-ITHANA, MP, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Major General (Rtd.) Charles Dickson Ndaxu Philip NAMOLOH, MP, Minister of Safety and Security, Ambassador Patrick NANDAGO, Co-Chairperson of the Senior Officials meeting and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, H.E. Mbapeua MUVANGUA, Namibia High Commissioner to the Republic of Botswana and other senior Government officials.

 

4.     The Commission noted with satisfaction the political and security situation of the two countries which continues to remain calm and stable.

 

 

5.     The Botswana delegation   commended the people and the Government of the Republic of Namibia for holding peaceful and successful Presidential and National Assembly elections in November 2014, and in particular congratulated His Excellency Dr. Hage G. GEINGOB for emerging victorious in the elections. In addition, the Botswana delegation congratulated the Government and the people of Namibia on the country's Silver Jubilee Independence Anniversary which was celebrated on the 21  March 2015.

                                                                  

6.     The Namibian delegation congratulated the Republic of Botswana for holding peaceful, free and fair General elections in October 2014. His Excellency, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama was congratulated for having emerged victorious following the elections.  In addition, the Namibian delegation congratulated His Excellency on his assumption of the Chairmanship of SADC in August 2015.

 

7.     The Commission reviewed and expressed satisfaction with the implementation of the resolutions of the 23rd Session of the Namibia/Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security which was held from 24 to 26 September 2013 in Swakopmund, Namibia.

 

8.     The Commission also noted with satisfaction the continued co-operation among the Defence and Security institutions of the two countries and agreed to further strengthen such co-operation.  The Commission further noted progress made in strengthening co-operation in defence and security, interventions against trans-border crimes, control of animal diseases, facilitation of the movement of people between the two countries and in particular progress being made towards the operationalisation of the One-Stop Border Post and the extension of operating hours to twenty four hours (24 hrs.) at the Mamuno/ Trans-Kalahari Border Posts.

 

 

9.     The Commission expressed concern with the security threat posed by illegal migrants and refugees, human and drug trafficking, illegal fishing, diamond smuggling, stock-theft, cybercrime, fraud and other trans-national crimes. The Commission expressed concern at the prevalence of poaching, which is perpetrated by international cartels and has the potential to deplete wildlife species which would negatively hamper the tourism sector.

 

10.                         The Commission further expressed concern on the security threat posed by economic challenges and unemployment, more especially youth unemployment. That notwithstanding, the Commission noted with satisfaction efforts made by both Governments in ensuring sustained economic growth and accelerated job creation.

 

11.                        The Commission noted with concern, the continued prevalence of Gender Based Violence in the two countries where in some cases culminates in murder and suicide. In this regard, the Commission called for a mutual information exchange and joint strategies to empower women and other vulnerable groups in order to combat this challenge.

 

 

12.                         In the conduct of joint patrols, the Commission expressed the urgent need to inspect and reaffirm the borderline in order to assess the extent of blockage on the patrol routes caused by the sprouting of water reeds, bushes and farms that adjoin the borderline which impede effective patrolling. The Commission also noted progress made on the drafting of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) on Joint Patrols at common borders of the two countries.

 

 

13.                         The Commission expressed deep concern about the prevailing situation in Lesotho following the political impasse between the ruling coalition and the opposition. In this regard, the Commission expressed full support for the SADC Commission of Inquiry in Lesotho which is aimed at establishing facts on the instability in the country with a view to restore peace and stability in the Mountain Kingdom.

 

 

 

14.                        The Commission noted with deep concern the developments in Mozambique in relation to governance issues between the ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) and the Mozambique Resistance Movement (RENAMO). In this regard, the Commission encourages the government of Mozambique to explore the most effective means to finding a lasting solution. Further, the Commission expressed a wish to participate in the process.

 

 

15.                        The Commission noted with satisfaction the improvement of the security situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To this effect, it commended SADC, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, the African Union and the United Nations for their efforts aimed at finding lasting solution to the conflict in the DRC. The Commission however noted the breakdown of talks between the Government and the opposition parties and expressed its desire for a negotiated solution which will pave way for the holding of local, municipal, Senatorial and Presidential elections scheduled for December 2015, January and November 2016 respectively.

 

16.                         The Commission noted with concern, the volatile and unpredictable situation in South Sudan where the parties to the conflict continue to violate the peace agreement put in place to bring peace and stability in the country. In this regard, the Commission encourages the warring parties to find a lasting peaceful resolution to the conflict.

 

 

17.                        On the continental front, the Commission expressed concern at security challenges posed by ISIS in the Maghreb Region, Boko Haram in West Africa and Al Shabab in East Africa, which continue to disrupt normal life in these regions and threaten to destabilize the region. The Commission was however optimistic that the intervention of the international community including the United Nations, African Union and the relevant regional economic communities will succeed in restoring peace in these regions.

 

 

18.                        The Commission expressed the need to intensify cooperation with regional and international partners to combat international terrorism which threatens global security.

 

19.                        The Namibian delegation expressed profound appreciation for the warm hospitality accorded to it by the Government and people of the Republic of Botswana during its stay in Gaborone.

 

20.                        The 24th Session of the Botswana-Namibia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held in a friendly and open atmosphere that characterizes the warm and cordial relations that exists between the two countries.

 

21.                        The Namibian delegation extended an invitation to the Botswana delegation to the 25th Session of the Namibia-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to be held in Namibia on a date and venue still to be determined. The Botswana delegation accepted the invitation.

 

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