The 19th Session of the Botswana – Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security will be held next week, from the 1st – 5th September 2014 Gaborone. This meeting takes place at a time when Botswana is grappling with poaching especially by people from countries that share the Okavango delta and the Chobe River basins with Botswana, like Namibia and Zambia.
Trans-border crime, especially poaching is one of the thorny issues that Botswana and her neighbours is grappling with.
Recently 14 suspected Zambian poachers had an altercation with DWNP officer in Chobe National park, where it is said there was an exchange of fire with the police in Botswana, which resulted in one of the suspects losing his life. The suspects are said to have crossed back to Zambia.
In an interview recently, the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism revealed that: “There is a cordial working relationship between the two countries and we are collaborating closely to track down the poachers. In addition the two countries share information on poaching and conduct joint investigations in cases where trans-boundary poaching between the two countries has been registered”.
The two countries are collaborating closely in an effort to apprehend the escaped poachers.
“After the incursion 34 elephant tusks, 10 X .375 live ammunition, 4 axes, 12 woven bags containing blankets, food, cooking utensils, bag containing assorted game meat and a cellphone were discovered.If arrested they will be charged with either hunting without a license and/or possession government trophy, fire armsand illegal entrance into Botswana,” revealed the ministry in an interview with The Patriot on Sunday.
Poaching in Chobe National Park is rife and 26 incidences were recorded since the beginning of this year.
Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Dikgakgamatso Seretse, will host his counterpart from Zambia. The Meeting is also attended by senior government officials from the sectors of defence; public security; and state security