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30TH SESSION OF THE ZIMBABWE-BOTSWANA-JOINT PERMANENT COMMIS...
01/03/16
The Commission reviewed progress on the implementation of resolutions made during the 29th Session that was held at Mowana Lodge, Kasane, Botswana from 10 to 14 February 2014 and considered various other issues in the areas of Defence, State and Public Security. The Zimbabwe delegation commended the Republic of Botswana for successfully holding peaceful General Elections on 24 October 2014. The delegation also congratulated the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and His Excellency, President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian KHAMA on winning the elections. The Zimbabwe delegation further congratulated Botswana following its assumption of the SADC Chairmanship on 17 August 2015 and pledged the country’s full support during its tenure. The Botswana delegation also congratulated Zimbabwe for the successful SADC Chairmanship and further appreciated the commitment by Zimbabwe for her continued support

ELEPHANT HILLS RESORT, VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE 22-26 FEBRUARY 2016

1. The 30th Session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security was held at Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from 22nd to 26th February 2016.

2. The Zimbabwe delegation was led by Honourable Kembo Campbell Dugishi MOHADI, (MP), Minister of State for National Security. The delegation included Honourable Dr. Sydney Tigere SEKERAMAYI, (Senator), Minister of Defence and Honourable Dr. Ignatious Morgan Chiminya CHOMBO, (MP), Minister of Home Affairs.

3. The Botswana delegation was led by Honourable Shaw KGATHI, (MP), Minister of Defence, Justice and Security and included Honourable Eric Mothibi MOLALE, (MP), Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Honourable Edwin Jenamiso BATSHU, (MP), Minister of Labour and Home Affairs and Honourable Kgotla AUTLWETSE (MP), Assistant Minister of Agriculture.

4. The Commission reviewed progress on the implementation of resolutions made during the 29th Session that was held at Mowana Lodge, Kasane, Botswana from 10 to 14 February 2014 and considered various other issues in the areas of Defence, State and Public Security.

5. The Zimbabwe delegation commended the Republic of Botswana for successfully holding peaceful General Elections on 24 October 2014. The delegation also congratulated the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) and His Excellency, President Lieutenant General Dr. Seretse Khama Ian KHAMA on winning the elections.

6. The Zimbabwe delegation further congratulated Botswana following its assumption of the SADC Chairmanship on 17 August 2015 and pledged the country’s full support during its tenure. The Botswana delegation also congratulated Zimbabwe for the successful SADC Chairmanship and further appreciated the commitment by Zimbabwe for her continued support.

7. In the area of Public Security, the Commission noted with satisfaction, the cooperation among the sister departments as they dealt with vices which include, among others, smuggling, theft of motor vehicles, cattle rustling, irregular migration, human trafficking, trafficking of precious minerals, drugs and other forms of transnational organised crime.

8. The Commission acknowledged the immense benefits derived by both Botswana and Zimbabwe from the five (5) Year Joint Foot and Mouth Control Disease Programme that expires on the 31st July 2016. The Commission noted the need to review the current Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and renew it for a further five (5) year period.

9. The Commission commended the Government of Botswana for successfully providing Anti-Retroviral drugs to foreign prisoners.

10. The Commission noted with concern the decimation of wildlife through the use of deadly and cruel methods such as cyanide poisoning, which is affecting the entire ecosystem. In this regard, the Commission urged the relevant departments to continue sharing information to enhance wildlife protection.

11. With regard to Defence, the Commission observed the need for coordinated and intensified patrols along the common border as well as establishing effective communication links.

12. The Commission also underscored the need for joint military training exercises in various fields of mutual interest including hosting of joint sporting and cultural activities at national and regional/provincial levels.

13. The Commission noted the progress made on the re-affirmation of the International Border between Botswana and Zimbabwe and encouraged responsible authorities to conclude the exercise with a view to meet the African Union Border Reaffirmation Programme deadline of 2017.

14. With regard to regional security, the Commission expressed concern over the continued instances of instability in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and political impasse in Lesotho and hoped for a speedy resolution to all issues impeding democratic principles. The Commission expressed hope that the Government of Mozambique and RENAMO would continue to make efforts to reach out to each other.

15. The Commission further expressed concern over the recurring cases of terrorist activities on the African Continent particularly in Central Africa, East Africa, West Africa and the Maghreb region and further noted the potential link between transnational organised crime and terrorism. In that regard, the Commission called on all parties to cut the demand and supply chain for all the commodities fuelling terrorism in the regions.

16. The Botswana delegation expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of Zimbabwe for the excellent facilities and warm hospitality extended to them. The Botswana delegation also wished His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Comrade Robert Gabriel Mugabe a happy birthday and good health.

17. The Botswana delegation extended an invitation to Zimbabwe to attend the 31st Session of the Joint Permanent Commission, to be held in Botswana in 2017 on a date and venue to be advised. The Zimbabwe delegation accepted the invitation.

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