Namibia is making moves to tighten laws on Namibians getting married to foreign nationals, government official said Wednesday.

Speaking at a workshop, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Frans Kapofi said the country wants to protect Namibian women from being exploited.

“We are tightening the law. It will no longer be easy to become a Namibian in law. We are being exploited,” he said.

He added that there has been an increase in the number of women approaching his ministry to file for divorce after realizing that it was a marriage of convenience.

The ministry recorded a total of 6,512 marriages from 2016 to 2017 and of that number 440 were Namibians who married foreign nationals.

Between 2014 and 2015, home affairs and immigration issued around 890 identity certificates to foreign nationals who become Namibian citizens by virtue of marriage.

People from Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe top the list of nationals that are marrying Namibian women and men. Enditem

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