Minister of Defence Davies Chama says peace and stability with Zambia’s neighbour’s is paramount for its socio and economic development.
Mr. Chama has therefore called on the Defence and security institutions in the sub region to continue maintaining law and order along the common borders.
The Minister was speaking yesterday when he officially opened the 21st session of the Namibia /Zambia Joint Permanent Commission sitting in Windhoek, Namibia.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Chama expressed concern on the cross -border crimes, such as poaching, smuggling and illegal migration which he said have continued to threaten the socio- economic growth of the two countries.
” I wish to recognize the continued cooperation between our Defence and Security institutions in maintaining law and order in both countries and along the common boundary.
“ I note that poaching, smuggling and illegal migration have continued to pose a threat to the socio-economic growth of our two countries, ” Mr. Chama said.
The Defence Minister urged the Namibia /Zambia Joint Permanent Commission to come up with strategies to address the security threats facing the two countries.
And speaking earlier Namibia Minister of Defence Penda Ya Dakolo congratulated Zambia for assuming the Chairmanship of the SADC organ on politics, Defence and Security Cooperation (the Troika Organ) this year.
Mr . Ndakolo says Zambia’s Chairmanship will enhance peace and stability in the region.
” The 21st Session of the Namibia /Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security should look at the resolutions of the previous session of the Commission and see what has been done and what remains to be done.
“ If there were resolutions that were not implemented we must find out what were the challenges and how do we jointly overcome for the better defence and security of our two countries”. said Mr. Ndakolo
The Namibian Minister said his country cherishes the long standing warm relationship between his country and Zambia which dates back to the 1960s.
The Namibia and Zambia Defence and Security institutions have already identified some existing security concerns namely proper border demarcation, illegal immigration, poaching and cattle rustling.
The 21st Session of the Namibia/ Zambia Joint Permanent Commission on Defence and Security to look at the resolutions of the previous session.