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Zim-Bots Agree On Electronic Tags For Cattle To Curb Stock Theft

Zim-Bots Agree On Electronic Tags For Cattle To Curb Stock Theft

Zimbabwe and Botswana have agreed to electronically tag cattle for villagers living along the border to curb rising cases of cattle rustling.

The programme is set to start at the Mlambaphele border area in Gwanda District, Matabeleland South province.

Stocktheft is rampant in Matabeleland South, with the vice rife in areas like Tshanyaugwe Nhwali, Mlambaphele, Guyu, Manama, Mankonkoni Rustlers Gorge and Ngoma.

The alleged cattle rustlers reportedly steal cattle and then change the brand marks of the stolen cattle before slaughtering the beasts in the bush and selling the meat to butcheries.

Speaking during a recent tour of Mlambaphele Border Post to meet with the affected communities, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe, said:

Zimbabwe and Botswana agreed that there is a need to electronically tag the cattle along the border, especially here at Mlambaphele where this programme is going to be pioneered.

We need to urgently address this issue of cattle rustling as per agreements made by two countries during the third session of the Bi-National Commission last month.

Botswana has introduced a shoot-to-kill policy on any Zimbabwean livestock that strayed across the border, causing tension between the two countries.

The neighbouring country defended the policy on the grounds that it is meant to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease.

Following the recent third session of the Zimbabwe-Botswana Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Victoria Falls, President Emmerson Mnangagwa established an inter-ministerial committee to deal with stock theft along the Zimbabwe-Botswana border.

The inter-ministerial committee is chaired by Kazembe and the other committee members include Ministers Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri (Defence and War Veterans Affairs), July Moyo (Local Government and Public Works), 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).

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13 Comments

MuGrade 2 4ย months ago

I understand Tshanyaugwe is the worst of them all.. it's a no-go area


VaZhou 4ย months ago

This boarder with Bots is always problematic. I just wonder if the problem is with our country or Bots or both. Because all the other sides are peaceful.


VaZhou 4ย months ago

This boarder with Bots is always problematic. I just wonder if the problem is with our country or Bots or both. Because all the other sides are peaceful.


MuGrade 2 4ย months ago

The Batswana are selfish..e think for themselves only...

๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฏ๐™– 4ย months ago

๐™„๐™› ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™๐™–๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฎ ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™„ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ช๐™—๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™› ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™ง๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š๐™ง๐™ฃ. ๐˜ฟ๐™š๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฎ ๐™›๐™ž๐™ง๐™จ๐™ฉ. ๐™„๐™› ๐˜ฝ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™š ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™–๐™ฎ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™•๐™ž๐™ข๐™—๐™–๐™—๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™—๐™ค๐™™๐™ฎ ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ข. ๐™†๐™–๐™ ๐™ช๐™ก๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฅ๐™๐™ค, ๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™ ๐™๐™ค ๐™ค๐™ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฏ๐™– ๐™–๐™—๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ช ๐™—๐™–๐™˜๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ฏ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฏ๐™– ๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™ค๐™ข๐™ค ๐™ฏ๐™–๐™—๐™–๐™๐™จ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™–, ๐™—๐™–๐™ฎ๐™–๐™—๐™š ๐™—๐™š๐™ ๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ฎ๐™ž๐™จ๐™– ๐™ช๐™ ๐™ช๐™ก๐™–๐™๐™ก๐™š๐™ ๐™š๐™ก๐™ฌ๐™– ๐™ ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™—๐™ค.


cute 4ย months ago

if botswana has shoot to kill on our livestock why us not shoot or poisoning theirs first.come on zim lets stoo being a good Samaritan for nothing


MuGrade 2 4ย months ago

An eye for an eye makes e world go blind... let's embrace n preach good neighborliness

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4ย months ago

MAY I COMMENT ON THE GROUND OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROBLEM OF CROSSBORDER STOCKTHEFT.
FIRSTLY, THERE ARE MORE CATTLE IN BOTSWANA THAN PEOPLE !!!!! DID YOU KNOW THAT ?

IN BOTSWANA CATTLE ARE LIKE GOLD. THEY LOOK AFTER THEIR CATTLE JEALOUSLY. IN BOTSWANA ONE PERSON MAY HAVE A THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE. DURING THE DRY SEASON THEY DRIVE THEIR CATTLE TO PLACES THEY CALL "MIRAGA" WHERE THEY TEND THEIR CATTLE UNTIL RAINY SEASON. MIRAGA ARE VAST EMPTY AREAS.

IN THE 1980s AND 1990s WHEN I WAS THERE CATTLE RUSTLING WAS ALMOST ONE WAY TRAFFIC. ZIMBABWEANS STOLE CATTLE FROM BOTSWANA. IT WAS RARE TO HEAR OF THE TSWANAS STEALING CATTLE FROM ZIMBABWE.

BOTSWANA'S SHOOT TO KILL POLICY WAS ALSO IN PLACE IN THOSE YEARS. IF YOU REMEMBER WELL OR IF YOU WERE MATURE ENOUGH, ZIMBABWE WAS ONCE ATTACKED BY "FOOT AND MOUTH" . DISEASE


.. 4ย months ago

Haa imi muri fake bush bcz original aha commente kakawanda sebenzi kudaro

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4ย months ago

MAY I COMMENT ON THE GROUND OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROBLEM OF CROSSBORDER STOCKTHEFT.
FIRSTLY, THERE ARE MORE CATTLE IN BOTSWANA THAN PEOPLE !!!!! DID YOU KNOW THAT ?

IN BOTSWANA CATTLE ARE LIKE GOLD. THEY LOOK AFTER THEIR CATTLE JEALOUSLY. IN BOTSWANA ONE PERSON MAY HAVE A THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE. DURING THE DRY SEASON THEY DRIVE THEIR CATTLE TO PLACES THEY CALL "MIRAGA" WHERE THEY TEND THEIR CATTLE UNTIL RAINY SEASON. MIRAGA ARE VAST EMPTY AREAS.

IN THE 1980s AND 1990s WHEN I WAS THERE CATTLE RUSTLING WAS ALMOST ONE WAY TRAFFIC. ZIMBABWEANS STOLE CATTLE FROM BOTSWANA. IT WAS RARE TO HEAR OF THE TSWANAS STEALING CATTLE FROM ZIMBABWE.

BOTSWANA'S SHOOT TO KILL POLICY WAS ALSO IN PLACE IN THOSE YEARS. IF YOU REMEMBER WELL OR IF YOU WERE MATURE ENOUGH, ZIMBABWE WAS ONCE ATTACKED BY "FOOT AND MOUTH" DISEASE. IN ORDER TO FORCE ZIMBABWEANS TO LOOK AFTER THEIR CATTLE, BOTSWANA INTRODUCED THIS SHOOT TO KILL POLICY AS A WAY TO CONTROL FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE.

CATTLE IS


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4ย months ago

.... SORRY FOR THE MISHAP.

CATTLE RARING IS THEIR GOLD PANNING. THERE ARE VERY FEW MINERALS IN BOTSWANA. THEIR ECONOMY DEPENDS ON SELLING BEEF TO EU COUNTRIES.

CATTLE RUSTLING IS RAMPANT ALONG THE BORDER FROM FORT TULI, MANAMA, MAYOBODO, MPOENGS, MADABE, PLUMTREE UPTO MADHLAMBUZI.

[ DO NOT VOTE ZANU PF. DO NOT VOTE MWONZORA. VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].



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