Zimbabwe, Botswana pledge to combat crime
By Vimbai Kamoyo
Neighbors, Zimbabwe and Botswana have committed to fighting crime between their borders, The Business Connect reports.
Giving an update of the cabinet deliberations, Information Minister, Jenfan Muswere said the government had approved of the signing of memorandums of understanding with their western neighbors.
The first memorandum was on livestock rustling which has been the scourge to communities living close to the border.
“Cabinet considered and approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Republics of Zimbabwe and Botswana on Cooperation to Combat Cross-Border Livestock Rustling, which was presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon. Ziyambi Ziyambi as the Chairperson of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation.
“The nation is informed that the Memorandum of Understanding aims to establish a legal framework for cooperation between the Republics of Zimbabwe and Botswana to harmonise efforts on combating livestock rustling and any other associated crimes. This initiative also seeks to maintain the historic ties between the Parties through cooperation, while respecting national sovereignty,” he said.
The minister said there was also approval of the memorandum of understanding on immigration, particularly around human trafficking and other related crimes.
“The Memorandum reflects the desire to cooperate in the area of immigration by both Parties, born out of the Parties’ mutual belief that cooperation will foster stability and prosperity. The memorandum aims to establish a legal framework for cooperation of both Parties in immigration matters.
“Areas of cooperation include: facilitation of movement of persons; anti-human trafficking and smuggling; capacity building; harmonization of immigration-related laws and policies; and the establishment of one-stop border post, among others,” he said.