FILE PIC: Live cattle

Zimbabwe is yet to pay Botswana the balance of a debt that dates from as far back as 2012 for the sale of live cattle.

The Auditor General’s Report for the 2018/2019 financial year released last week has revealed that Zimbabwe still owes Botswana a sum of P1, 239, 000 in sale of live cattle.

The debt has been outstanding for over seven years, and from records, it appears the neighbouring country has made no effort to settle the balance during this period.

The sale of live cattle to Zimbabwe came about in 2012 following the signing of agreement between the two countries the previous year for the sale of live cattle from the Foot and Mouth Diseases (FMD) areas such as Ngamiland.

Over 30, 000 live cattle were to be sold to Zimbabwe through the Cold Storage Company (CSC) for slaughter in that country under the signed agreement, a development which brought hope to Ngamiland farmers who had been struggling to sell their cattle to abattoirs locally.

It however turned out this week that years later, Zimbabwe is still struggling to pay the balance of over P1 million it owes to Botswana for cattle it bought for slaughter.

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