Cattle entering Namibia illegally from Botswana

23 May 2015 17:40pm
TSUMKWE, 23 MAY (NAMPA) NAMPA – Leaders of the Nyae Nyae conservancy on Friday expressed grave concern over cattle entering Namibia at the border between Namibia and Botswana.
The Nyae Nyae community conservancy is situated in Tsumkwe approximately 260 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Conservancy chairperson Xoallan /Ai!Ae told Nampa in an interview on Friday conservancy game rangers have noticed that cattle are illegally entering the conservancy at the Dobe Border Post between Botswana and Namibia.
The cattle enter Namibia at an area where the fence which forms the border between the two countries has been damaged.
The Dobe Border Post itself is situated nearly 60 kilometres east of Tsumkwe settlement.
/Ai!Ae said there is a lot of wildlife in the conservancy, mostly buffalos and rhinos.
The 250 buffalos and 19 rhinos are taken care off at a fenced-off camp situated approximately 30 kilometres west of Tsumkwe.
“We are uneasy about this as our cattle and wild animals might contract diseases from these cattle coming from Botswana,” she said.
An office administrator at the Nyae Nyae conservancy, Wesley Cao said in April this year 18 heads of cattle crossed over into Namibia.
He said the cattle were impounded by the conservancy game guards, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s Division of Veterinary Services at Tsumkwe was informed about the matter.
Cao noted that authorities on both sides are aware that the fence has been damaged.
Nyae Nyae conservancy game ranger /Kaele Tshao said the fence is often trampled by elephants in search of better grazing in Namibia.
Tshao urged the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to fix the fence before an animal disease breaks out in the area.
On his part, animal health technician in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s Division of Veterinary Services at Tsumkwe, Daniel Simeon said the 18 cattle from Botswana which were impounded in April this year have already been handed back to their owners.
“We are aware of the 18 cattle, we had them for two days and handed them over to the Botswana Veterinary Department in April,” said Simeon.
He also said elephants are to blame for the damaged fence.