Drug Trafficking, Abuse On The Rise In Chobe

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Local authorities in Chobe have raised concerns over the proliferation of drugs in the area, which has led to the high intake and abuse, with Methcathinone (CAT) and dagga being the major problematic.

Most of these drugs that find their way into Chobe are smuggled from neighbouring countries or through Francistown by overnight public transport and cross border trucks.

Speaking during the Chobe District Full Council meeting in Kasane last week, Chobe District Council Chairman Chimney Mululwani said in an effort to deal with the situation, the Special Support Group (SSG) K9 Unit and other stakeholders continue to operate at ports of entry to curb importation and smuggling of drugs.

He stated that 12 cases of habit forming drugs were recorded during the period under review as compared to ten (10) cases recorded the previous quarter

Mululwani has lamented that issues of gender based violence in the Chobe communities are also of a great concern especially assaults and defilement of persons under the age of 18 which all call for an active role in addressing such them.

On the other hand, Muluwani said that from January 2024 to March 2024, a total of 12 cases of offences against property were recorded. He further expressed that the district recorded an increase in cases of house breaking, store breaking and theft.

He noted that in cases of robbery & attempted robbery the district recorded zero cases during the period under review. According to him, the most affected areas in breakings are Plateau, Kazungula-Newstance, Flowertown locations and Pandamatenga in which perpetrators mostly target valuables such as televisions, radios and laptops.

Regarding the issues of labour and social security, Mululwani said that the Department of Labour and Social Security had a backlog of 238 labour disputes and a mediator was assigned cases in the region effective 11th – 15th March 2024. He revealed that a total of sixteen 16 disputes were arbitrated out of which six were settled, while another six were withdrawn by parties who settled their differences outside the office, three were default awards and one was dismissed on the grounds of the applicant not turning up for the hearing.

‘‘So far there is a backlog of 222 disputes and the Mediator is in the process of scheduling more cases to resolve and dispose, the department experiences challenges in terms of tracing clients or their next of kin due to un-reachable contact numbers,’’ he said.

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