Botswana must respect Namibian lives – PDM

The official opposition of Botswana will do everything in their power to make sure their government is held accountable for the shooting of Namibians who cross the border illegally, says McHenry Venaani.

26 November 2020 | Politics

ELLLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) president McHenry Venaani says it is time for Namibia to end the “nice talks” with Botswana and ensure that Namibian lives are respected.

Venaani was speaking at a PDM rally in the Khomas Region last weekend where he made reference to the recent shooting of four Namibians by the Botswana Defence Force in the Chobe River's southern channel. The BDF claimed the four were poachers, despite an apparent lack of evidence that they were armed.

Venaani stressed that it is important for Namibia and Botswana to end the conflict through non-violent means.

Venaani said he was in contact with the opposition leader in Botswana, who agreed that the Botswana authorities were using excessive force.

“As the opposition in Botswana he has given assurance that they will do everything in their power in parliament to make sure the Botswana government is held accountable,” Venaani said.



No more Mr Nice Guy

Venaani said they were sending a message to the people of the Zambezi Region that their lives do matter.

“We call upon President Hage Geingob to end the nice talks with Botswana. We should put our foot on the table and tell Botswana that we do not want conflict, but we want the lives of our people to be guaranteed. We want the lives of our people to be respected. Nothing more, nothing less.”

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