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Namibia, Botswana Lift Passport Requirements On Their Border

Namibia, Botswana Lift Passport Requirements On Their Border

Namibia and Botswana have agreed to lift passport requirements on their border, a first for southern Africa.

Namibian president Hage Geingob, speaking in the Botswana capital Gaborone on Friday, said nationals of the two countries would only need to produce IDs to move between the two countries.

Geingob said, speaking during the inaugural Botswana-Namibia bi-national commission:

Our two countries not only share a common border, but also a common people and heritage. A symbiotic and inter-dependent relationship exists along our common borders.

Therefore, I call on our senior officials to fast-track the implementation of the usage of Identity Documents (IDs) as travel documents between the two countries, without delay.

The development came after President Geingob’s meeting with President Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, 

Meanwhile, the development has resulted in criticism aimed at neighbouring Zimbabwe with award-winning journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono saying Botswana has been meeting Zimbabwean leaders but nothing tangible has materialised. In a Facebook post seen by Pindula News, Chin’ono said:

President Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi of Botswana came to Zimbabwe and repeated the sanctions propaganda line.

But back home in Botswana whilst meeting billionaire businessman Strive Masiyiwa, he correctly said that Zimbabwe is not a safe place for investment because of lack of Rule of Law!

It is so sad that President Masisi would do this coming to Zimbabwe and playing politics with our lives lying about sanctions yet when he is home he tells the truth.

The countries around us have benefited from the lack of Rule of Law in Zimbabwe because investments go to their countries running away from Zimbabwe.

Very sad!!! At least they shouldn’t lie about why we are in this ZANUPF man-made crisis!

Similar sentiments were made last year when Botswana and Zambia constructed the Kazungula Bridge.

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13 Comments

Viper 4 months ago

One Africa, one Police. One Army


The Philosopher 4 months ago

This reminds me of a United Africa that was advocated for by Kenneth Kaunda in the early 1960s. It should be noted that passports must be scraped in Africa, we are one people. Although the sovereignty, autonomy and independence of nations remains guaranteed in the process!

We are ONE!


? 4 months ago

United States of Africa would be great.
Was that not Gaddafi's dream.
Africa would become a super power if that was so.


nasty 4 months ago

africa a super power in yo wet dreams

Kule Kule 4 months ago

😂😂😂 @nasty, heya ndo panobva zita rako iri nhai muzukuru

Diamond Samsung 4 months ago

Africans we need to change our mindset to be a world class 🌍


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 4 months ago

If it is really true that Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi told Strive Masiyiwa that investors can not invaste Zimbabwe because there is no rule of law, yet two weeks ago he was here, Harare, and joined ZANU PF in singing sanctions mantra, then he must be examined by 3 psychiatrists.

This is why most Zimbabwe neighbours have lukewarm relationship with the Republic of Zimbabwe. The so called second administration is being played hide-and-seek by it's friends. So far it is only African President, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who has told His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa the truth that he should sort out his image with his citizens at home first before he sought recognition outside.

I foresee Zimbabwe staying with sanctions for a long time. I fail to see why His Excellency Advocate President ED Mnangagwa went on to beat his chest for shaking hands with a man who was British Prime Minister 15 years ago!!!!!.

Oh help me God Jehovah!!!

[ APA PAVA KUTODA MAGODOBORI EKU CHINGE APA KUTI VABVISE MWEYA YAKAIPA].

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Yours faithfully
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
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Bindula 4 months ago

Personally i have always felt that our neighboring SADC countries have always benefited from the current situation in Zimbabwe.
Here's how
Mozambique: We go there and take bulk second hand clothing from their country giving them a serious cash flow in the form of USD albeit it being illegal. But who cares nhamo yemumwe hairambirwe sadza right?.

South Africa: This is one hot potato but our dear neighbor has benefitted richly from illegal and legal entries in South Africa. Zimbabwe is one of South Africa's trading partner. We import a lot of things from S.A including electricity. Some of those things we wouldn't if we had a sound government.
Then there's the issue of unskilled and skilled labour pouring in. Some is exploited to their advantage to build their nation whilst back in Zim people suffer and services are under par(teachers, nurses etc).

Numbers: Economically a nation with more people develops faster than a nation with few. Look at China, America and SA itself. With about 3 million zimbos in their country and an efficient government equals development.

Zambia: The huge bulk of Zim farmers were accommodated in Zambia and look where they are and where we are. Do you think they will let them go? No. Are they happy we foiled our land reform program? I bet they do

Collectively:Yes they sometimes complain about the entry of zimbos into their countries but misgovernment of this country opens up avenues for them. Thats why you only see citizens complain not the governments.

*This is a personal observation and opinion*


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Citizen raPep naChisa 4 months ago

Soon Namibia ,Botswana ,Zambia or possibly South Africa will be joint States leaving behind Zimbabwe(it’s a liability) and Mozambique(too man wars) because of our unproductive governments,these countries combined because they have small populations and hakuna vakamirira mukana wekutiza nhamo,Zimbabwe vakai includer benzi rese rinotiza rakanangako and havazvidi izvozvo 😂


🐱🐱 4 months ago

What a wow shuwa. We are Africans. we are one people


Chimboti Pizza 4 months ago

Wamunoti Chin'ono haanawo chaanoziva uyu, saka apa arikuedza kuti masanctions akanaka kaa apa nekuti arikuti President vekuBotswana vakati akashata vainyepa


Citizen 4 months ago

What our neighbours do to our rulers is a sign of mockery & disrespect to the rulers.....if only we had leaders instead of rulers



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