Namibia, Botswana move to ease cross-border movement of people


Namibia and Botswana government agreed to facilitate the movement of persons in Impalila Island and Kasika Village by providing them with border passes to facilitate cross-border movement at minimum cost to the communities.

The areas are located at the far eastern tip of Namibia, bounded on the north by the waters of the Zambezi river and on the south by the Chobe River and are home to some 2,500 to 3,000 people in 25 small villages, including Tswanas from Botswana and Subia people from Namibia.

“The border pass arrangement will ease and facilitate the cross-border movement of individuals who live within the identified border areas,” Namibia Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration spokesperson, Sakeus Kadhikwa said Monday.

According to him, the new agreement will allow Namibians to travel from Impalila Island and Kasika Villages via Kasane and Ngoma Border Posts and vice versa without having their passports stamped.

Kadhikwa said the agreement will further support and strengthen the collaboration between Namibia and Botswana with the aim to promote and improve on existing ties as well as support cross border movement through the strengthening of border residency arrangements.

Meanwhile, the next step will be to print the border passes and acquire the personalization equipment as well as issuing the border passes, he said.

“The communities will be informed through the regional government on the implementation date,” he concluded. Enditem

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