Gaborone, Botswana — Botswana is growing a countrywide safety technique amid fears of heightened terrorism threats.
The nation’s minister of protection, Kagiso Mmusi, addressed parliament Thursday.
“The emerging global security challenges, such as cybercrime, terrorism, poaching, human trafficking, distribution of drugs, money laundering and transnational organized crimes, continue to threaten Botswana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Irregular migration also poses a threat to multilateralism,” Mmusi mentioned.
To this finish, he mentioned, a technique to counter conceivable acts of terrorism and different nationwide safety threats is being advanced.
“In an effort to address the above-mentioned global challenges, the country is developing the national security strategy. Botswana will ensure the permanent inviolability of national territory and its effective control by employing all available instruments of national power,” Mmusi mentioned.
In June, Botswana’s military commander, Placid Segogo, instructed lawmakers the rustic wanted to scale up efforts to counter terrorism, because the deployment of 300 troops to Mozambique had created demanding situations.
Botswana’s troops in Mozambique are a part of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Standby Force’s greater than 1,000 infantrymen in Cabo Delgado.
“As the defense force, we continue to have challenges in respect to cybercrime terrorism because we are now clearly in Mozambique specifically because of terrorism. We do realize that our footprint there creates an even bigger vulnerability,” Segogo mentioned.
This week, Botswana’s Vice President Slumber Tsogwane instructed new military recruits to be able for deployment in Mozambique if referred to as upon.
“Today, you graduate to take your place in the Botswana Defense Force at a time when [the] SADC region is fighting a war against terrorists in the Republic of Mozambique,” Tsogwane mentioned. “You need to acquaint yourselves with the tactics, techniques and procedures as well as process in leading your men in tactical situations quickly, for you may be required to be deployed there or elsewhere.”
Since sending troops in July 2021, Botswana has misplaced 5 infantrymen in Mozambique, together with one all the way through struggle. Two died all the way through freak injuries at their respective camps in Cabo Delgado, and the opposite two died in a murder-suicide incident.