Botswana blames Zim for foot-and-mouth outbreak

BOTSWANA President Ian Khama has blamed the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in the country on Zimbabwe, saying the latter had failed to meet its part of the bargain in compensating the affected farmers.

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Botswana’s Daily News online reported that Khama made the remarks while addressing a meeting at Robelela in the Mmadinare constituency last Thursday.

Khama said the government was doing everything in its power to assist the affected farmers.

He, however, said not all dead cattle would be replaced as investigations would be carried out to decide which ones to replace.

Khama said cattle in the area were killed to control the spread of FMD, while others died because they were not used to the new environment.

Khama said the Botswana government was spending a lot of money in trying to control disease outbreak.

“Although most of the viruses came from Zimbabwe, the two countries had agreed to share the costs. However, at the moment Zimbabwe did not have money to pay their share and this was a problem to Botswana,” Khama said. Botswana was reportedly struggling to recover P1 million from Zimbabwe’s Cold Storage Company (CSC) for the supply of cattle under a 2011 agreement with Zimbabwe.

In July last year, the two neighbours signed a memorandum of understanding under which close to 30 000 cattle from Botswana’s foot and mouth disease-infested zones were to be slaughtered at CSC abattoirs in Bulawayo.

The two countries agreed that some of the cattle were suitable for consumption.

But the Botswana government decided to stop trading with Zimbabwe after CSC failed to remit 60% of the income generated from meat sales. Under the agreement, 20 000 cattle from the Ngamiland were to be exported to Bulawayo.

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12 Comments

  1. ah saka vanhu vezimbabwe vanotambura shuwa kudyisiwa nyama yemombe dzine chigwere ummm

    1. Hypocrites; yeah yeah , no no to GMOs, but yes yes to Foot and Mouth clear cut risk.

    2. ᴍʏ ʙᴇsᴛ ғʀɪᴇɴᴅ’s ʜᴀʟғ-sɪsᴛᴇʀ ᴍᴀᴋᴇs $66 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ . Sʜᴇ ʜᴀs ʙᴇᴇɴ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴏғ ᴀ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ ᴇɪɢʜᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜs ʙᴜᴛ ʟᴀsᴛ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʜᴇʀ ᴘᴀʏ ᴡᴀs $19420 ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ғᴏʀ ᴀ ғᴇᴡ ʜᴏᴜʀs. ᴡʜʏ ɴᴏᴛ ғɪɴᴅ ᴏᴜᴛ ᴍᴏʀᴇ……….

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  2. As head of state he should be aware that the boundary is artificial and impervious to the spread of disease.This should be a permanent joint effort. Around Dombodema it is common knowledge that the Tchomupani Dam in Zimbabwe has traditionally served both countries and Herds of Botswana cattle and buffaloes trudge along old tracks for water daily, especially during the dry season.

  3. That Bots President is confused , in fact a witch who would leave deseased cattle to be consumed by other human beings. Thus a crime against humanity and he must be tried at The Hague. In fact he owes us lot’s and lot’s of monies.He wanted Zimbabweans to die of desease before 2013 elections and none of that happened. The International community should send a helicopter to Botswana to arrest that criminal Ian Seretse Khama.

  4. Dieuetmondroit

    We are really@ desperate for survival. Opting for FMD cattle instead of just swallowing our misplaced pride and let experienced farmers use their expertise to farm and share their know-how with new farmers! Shame, shame, shame!

    1. @Dieuetmondt, Lets not mix and match scientific realities and historical facts. Both are important but may not be necessarily compatible in this debate. By implication you mean the land reform chased away experienced (white) farmers.Remember when the settlers arrived our people were raising huge herds as a simple of wealth. The Loot Commission stole all the cattle to establish theirs. Check your facts, Africans have had more years of domestic cattle use than even the Scots. The breed of white hairy wild cattle (the Royal Herd) there was brought by the Romans. Yes, we can try to find solutions to a mutual problem without blaming it all on Land Reform.

  5. Thats it I am not buying CSC beef or any beef from skies for that matter.

    That explains we are always being told we are waiting for Beef from skies at the butchery in so that were it was comming from.

  6. Experimenting ne Bulawayo province, zvakaoma shuwa. Foot & Mouth each country should have culled cattle on their side of the border and count their losses, izvi zve kuzoda kuita ma dhiri to export some of the meat to Zimbabwe ka, kutamba ne health yedu. why did they not kill and sell the meat in Botswana?

  7. Type yana Khama iyi, ndiyo imwe yezvipfukuto mu Africa.

  8. I believe that should come from the Botswana Veterinary authorities or Minister responsible. For a whole President to comment on this matter is sinking too low. (2) The policy of trading international in sub standard products is no good.

    (3) Serve you right. CSC failed to pay. The State Company destroyed Zimbabwe beef industry and Botswana flood their dirty mat in our market without checking CSC business record. The trading partner failed to utilize the monopoly given by Obert Mpofu.

  9. Verily verily Zim is a country of educated idiots. Ko chikafu chemombe chamaipihwa mogaisa kuita hupfu modya sadza makati chii nazvo. Chibage chaibva kuBrazil. Ko chibage chanzwa nezvipfukuto chiri kubva Zambia makati cchii nazvo. Taste yo Chibuku closely unonzwa zvandiri kutaura. Zvedi hatisi vanhu isu maZimba.

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