Botswana’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Sarah Sethabile Molosiwa, has urged citizens from the two countries to work with authorities to fight cross-border crimes so as not to jeorpadise the relationship between the two neighbours.
Cross-border crimes affecting Botswana and Zimbabwe include smuggling, border jumping, human trafficking and cattle rustling.
Speaking recently while addressing Ngoma villagers in Gwanda, Ambassador Molosiwa said:
Our Presidents address one another as brothers and that makes us brothers and sisters as citizens from the two countries.
Zimbabwe and Botswana have long-term economic, cultural, historical ties and this relationship started long back when we were still British colonies.
Even after Independence, the relationship between Botswana and Zimbabwe has grown strong.
As we speak our Presidents are working day and night to strengthen the relationship between Botswana and Zimbabwe.
This is because the challenges, problems and celebrations of Zimbabwe affect Botswana.
We are bound as people of the two countries to always be working together and interacting.
Let’s safeguard and not jeopardise this relationship.
Botswana and Zimbabwe signed an agreement in 2018 to establish the Bi-National Commission (BNC) to promote and explore cooperation in various areas, including education, agriculture, defense and security, energy, the environment and health.
In February 2022, the two countries held the third session of the BNC in Victoria Falls where five agreements were signed – on Child Protection, Cooperation in the field of tourism, Cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Food Security, Water Cooperation and Cooperation on Youth Development. | Chronicle