EDITORIAL

14 May 2021 | Opinion

The lethargic and lackadaisical manner in which the Namibian government is dealing with the abuse meted out against Namibians in the Zambezi Region by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) is unacceptable.

Namibians have over the years pleaded with government to protect them, but little help has been forthcoming.

The lack of interest to solve the Botswana border crisis in Zambezi has resulted in the trigger-happy Botswana army running amok and slaughtering our people like hunters chasing antelopes on a game farm.

Namibians who eke a living from the river separating the two countries cannot do so freely. Many will tell you that every time they go to the river to fish, they wonder whether they will make it back home alive.

Our government has left the matter in the hands of Botswana and believe anything it is told without carrying out its own fact-checking. Botswana is doing a great job protecting its interests and people, why can we not do the same?

The alarm raised by the tourism industry should not be ignored either.

The CEO of the Hospitality Association of Namibia Gitta Paetzold told Namibian Sun the matter is of grave concern to the industry.

It is also high time that the formulation of the code of conduct - for the use of the Chobe River for all commercial and social purposes - being discussed by the two countries is completed.

Tourism is one of the industries that carries our economy. We should jealously guard it and eliminate any threats expeditiously.

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