THE Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) on defence and security between Zambia and Botswana has declared war against criminals perpetuating illegalities along the common border.
And Defence Minister Davies Chama has called on the defence and security wings in Botswana and Zambia to work together and implement resolutions made at the 20th Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) on defence and security.
The two countries have reaffirmed the importance of their joint permanent commission in resolving security issues between them and along the common border.
Speaking during the official closing of the Botswana-Zambia Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) in Livingstone Nationality Immigration and Gender Affairs Minister of Botswana Edwin Batshu, on behalf of the commission, stated that the war declared on illegalities must be won and not criminals winning.
“It is now 20 years since the two countries signed the protocol that established JPC. This was aimed at strengthening the mission on defence and security. We have identified challenges that the two countries are facing along our common boarder. As a commission, we commit and rededicate ourselves to the promotion of genuine cooperation for the good of our people.
We have identified challenges of transnational crimes such as motor vehicle theft, drug and human trafficking, illegal migration, smuggling of foods, poaching and other forms of crime that have continued to pose security problems for the two countries.
“As JPC, we have declared war against criminals that perpetuate these illegalities along our common borders. We should not allow ourselves to be talking shops but implement and review our resolutions,” said Mr. Batshu.
Mr. Chama said the commission has contributed to existing strong relations between the two countries and the defence and security services.
He said the two countries were facing similar problems, hence the need to work together in solving security issues.
JPC has also urged the defence and security institutions that, once the Kazungula Bridge is completed, they should take advantage of the facility to monitor perpetrators of transitional crimes.
On regional security, the Commission noted that the situation in SADC region has remained stable, but expressed concern over political and security developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mozambique.