Matanga summoned to Botswana over stock theft by Zimbabweans

The Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Commissioner General Tandabantu Godwin Matanga has paid a courtesy call to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and Security, Ms Botlhale Makgekgenene today (21/06/2022) in Gaborone.

In her welcome remarks, the Permanent Secretary said she was honoured to receive a courtesy call from General Matanga on behalf of the Minister of Defence and Security Honourable Thomas Kagiso Mmusi.

She applauded the Commissioner for his commitment in ensuring that the Bi-National Commission (BNC) resolutions’ pertaining to the police mandate are implemented.

The Commission was held in Pretoria, South Africa this February.

Ms Makgekgenene said it was evident that both countries are working towards the full implementation of the agreements of BNC as they have increased police base camps along the border consequently enhancing police visibility.
She reminded the Botswana and Zimbabwe Police Commissioners that one of the main concerns raised by BNC was livestock rustling.

She therefore appealed to them to come up with strategies that will enable them to effectively curb this problem.

She concluded by assuring Commissioner General Matanga that Botswana remains resolute in her support to strategic cooperation between the two countries.

In his remarks, the Commissioner of Zimbabwe Republic Police(ZRP) General Matanga expressed gratitude for the working collaboration between the two police services.

He assured the meeting that the two police services were committed to combating stock theft.

Meanwhile the Acting Commissioner of Botswana Police Service (BPS), Mr Phemelo Ramakorwane commended the two Police Services for engaging in interventions geared towards cross-border crime.

He indicated that the increased number of base camps along the border have resulted in positive outcomes as there were less incidents of stock theft recorded recently.

Mr Ramakorwane appreciated the continued relations existing between the two Police Services.
The ZRP Commissioner and his delegation are on a four-day visit to BPS for the assessment of progress on the implementation of the agreements of the Bi- National Commission.

While here, they will also tour the base camps along the border.

Please see pictures of the meeting below.