FORMER Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire this week said Zimbabwe should be subjected to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development’s peer review mechanism to ensur
e it adheres to universal democratic norms.
Masire said the African Union should act on Zimbabwe because its credibility “will be determined by the way it holds its member states accountable to its principles”.
The peer review mechanism is a proposal by African governments to encourage AU member states to adhere to good governance, democratic practices and respect human rights.
“The AU has good guidelines on democratic principles that determine whether a country or leader is democratic or not,” Masire said.
President Festus Mogae this week warned his government would tighten the screws on illegal immigrants as part of moves to control crime.
In a State Of The Nation address to parliament, Mogae referred to the difficulties Botswana was facing.
“The pressure of the rural-urban migration and illegal immigration have further aggravated the wave of crime, which has been taking place in recent years,” he said.
“To combat this, our security services are adopting proactive strategies of intervention.”
Botswana’s Department of Immigration said it was being overwhelmed by Zimbabweans who are swamping the country. It said 125 000 Zimbabweans cross into Botswana every month – mostly illegally. There about 300 000 Zimbabwean migrants in Botswana.
“We are seriously losing out in our battle to deal with this [Zimbabwean] problem,” Chief Immigration Officer, Roy Sekgororwane said. “Immigration and government cannot afford to deal with this problem alone. We need some support to deal with the situation,”