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Travel between Namibia and Botswana will be freed up

Travel between Namibia and Botswana will be freed up

Marthina Mutanga
NAMIBIA is in the process to ease up the movement of people travelling between Namibia and Botswana in the areas of Impalila and Kasikili viliage.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Maureen Hinda said the government of Botswana have been approached to explore possible ideas to sign a bilateral agreement between the two countries to enable people to move from country to country with only their identification documents..
President Hage Geingob proposed the agreement during the visit with President Mokgoweetsi Masasi in February.
Minister Hinda said they want to replace the use of passports with because the travel documents fill up very fast and the people staying in that earmarked areas often crosses at the border post on a daily basis.
The African Union have urged member states to open up border to enable people to move freely. Another proposal is for a complete roll out of a single passport to free up the movement of people and trade but some countries are still resisting the idea because of security concerns cited.
In 2004, Botswana and Namibia were cosignatories along with other states that sharing the Zambezi river basin of an agreement establishing the Zambezi Watercourse Commission to manage the riparian resources of the Zambezi
Botswana and Namibia had a long-running dispute about ownership of the Kasikili/Sedudu island in the Chobe River, which forms part of the border between the two countries.
In December 1999, Judges at the World Court ruled that the island belongs to Botswana. In the Caprivi Strip, the UNHCR reported that between October 1998 and February 1999 more than 2,400 Namibians crossed south into Botswana.

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