President Emmerson Mnangagwa has established an inter-ministerial committee to deal with cross-border cattle rustling along the Zimbabwe-Botswana border.
This came after the issue of cross-border cattle rustling was raised during the recent third session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Victoria Falls.
Mnangagwa gave the committee, which is chaired by Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, up to 30 April 2022 to contain the situation.
The inter-ministerial committee comprises of Ministers Kazembe Kazembe (Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage), Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (Defence and War Veterans Affairs), July Moyo (Local Government and Public Works) and Mangaliso Ndlovu (Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry), Professor Mthuli Ncube (Finance and Economic Development) and Dr Anxious Masuka (Lands, Agriculture, Water, Fisheries and Rural Development).
On Friday, the Committee visited Mlambaphele Border Post in Gwanda District in Matabeleland South to interface with the affected communities.
Stocktheft is rampant in areas such as Tshanyaugwe Nhwali, Mlambaphele, Guyu, Manama, Mankonkoni Rustlers Gorge and Ngoma.