Vol.21 No.118

Wednesday 4 August 2004    

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Botswana, Zim discuss security issues

FRASER MPOFU
8/4/2004 12:30:16 AM (GMT +2)

THE Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Thebe Mogami and his Zimbabwe counterpart, Kembo Mohadi began bilateral discussions this week on security issues in Vumba, a resort area in eastern Zimbabwe. The meeting between the two ministers comes after preliminary discussions between officials of defence and security from both countries who have been meeting since Tuesday in the resort town, some 200km from Harare. Last Wednesday, Mogami was the guest of honour at a reception held for him in Harare by Mohadi.


A number of issues would be discussed during the two-day conference, including illegal immigration of Zimbabweans into Botswana and criminal activities that they allegedly engage in while in the country.

Mohadi and his team were expected to raise the issue of alleged ill-treatment of Zimbabwean immigrants by law enforcement agents in Botswana. The meeting is being held under the auspices of the permanent joint commission on security issues affecting the two countries and other matters of concern. Mohadi and Mogami are expected to be presented with a draft of the discussions, recommendations and agreements.

The ministers would discuss the draft and make amendments where necessary. They would issue a joint communique after the meeting on Friday. The Vumba conference comes about a month after information ministers from both countries met in Harare to discuss matters pertaining to information exchange. Other meetings have already been held over the past few months on bi-lateral matters.

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