The government of Botswana has decided to withdraw its peace-keeping troops from war-torn Sudan with immediate effect.
The Minister of Justice Defence and Security, Dikgakgamatso Seretse, confirmed the decision to the Sunday Standard.
He said due to the unrest in areas where the troops are deployed, the government had decided to pull its peace-keeping contingent, both Botswana police and members of Botswana Defence Force, from Sudan.
“As you might be aware, one of our BDF officers was short dead sometime last year during an ambush,” he said.
Seretse said although there are pulling out, they are disappointed because they were not yet ready to leave because they had not yet accomplished their peace-keeping mission.
The Deputy Police Commissioner, Kenny Kapinga, said this week their police officers who had been participating in the peace-keeping mission would be arriving home from Sudan very soon.
Kapinga said about two years ago, 10 male officers, from the rank of Inspector to Senior Superintendent, were selected to participate in peace-keeping duties, adding that, in the future, they will be able to send female officers because some of them are still training for such missions.
Kapinda was happy that this was the second time Botswana had participated in peace-keeping and, in both missions, did not sustain any injuries or deaths.
Although there is a sense of disappointment over their departure, he said, it was very important for the government to take such a decision.