WINDHOEK, Feb. 6 – Namibia and Botswana put an end to border disputes that have gone on over the years by signing a boundary agreement.
Namibia President Geingob praised the two nations for the work done by the joint-commission on determining the boundary between the two nations, adding that the agreement ensures that there are no disputes between the two countries.
It further promotes democracy and a conducive environment and Geingob urged the nation to familiarise with the MoU saying, “It is a legal boundary treaty, go to the library and read it.’’
Lieutenant General Dr Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana reaffirmed the treaty between Namibia and Botswana, noting that the agreement would reduce any doubt regarding the national boundary.
More agreements are in the works such as a desalination plant which is to be set up in Namibia, and pump water to Botswana. Khama said water was a problem for both countries, and that plans are afoot to set up a desalination plant in Namibia which both countries will share the cost as well as benefits.
During the press conference yesterday, both the presidents were asked to give their views on what happened in neighbouring Zimbabwe; whether the transfer of power was a coup, or a democratic process.
President Geingob saw it as a democratic process, adding that the African Union (African Union) had accepted the outcome, and that the current Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa, was welcomed by AU.
Khama informed journalists that at the height of the debacle in Zimbabwe, he had written a letter to then President Robert Mugabe advising him to resign. “I believe that any problem that happens in the SADC region will affect the entire region’s development, thus it was just wise that such a problem needed to be solved to avoid problems in the SADC region. – Robert Maseka