Eight Zambian truck drivers conducting business in Botswana were Monday detained by police in Francistown.
One of the affected drivers, Bernard Chisole, of Livingstone said the move has been perpetuated by Botswana truck drivers, who accuse Zambian drivers of giving them unfair business competition.
Mr Chisole said the Zambian drivers were detained for eight hours before five of them could be released leaving the other three in custody.
He said the rest of the drivers were given a police escort out of Francistown leaving Zambian businesswomen stranded.
Mr Chisole said truck drivers in Botswana feel that Zambian truck drivers were making more business in that country and they have since resorted to using the police to ensure that all buiness women doing business there use local trucks.
He said the three Zambian truck drivers, who remained in detention, could appear in court.
And United Nations Centre for Human Rights Secretary General, Patrick Kasoka, said there was no law that prescribes the mode of transport a person could use.
He condemned the detention of Zambian drivers in the neighbouring country and noted that if any country has to detain a foreigner, authorities in the country of origin should be informed within 48 hours.
Mr Kasoka said the offence charged must also be explained according to the universal law of the United Nations.
“This is a human rights violation. There is no law that would force someone to use a particular truck because a particular truck does not belong to Botswana,” he said.
“We are questioning the merit of such detention by Botswana government and we are asking our government to intervene,” he said.