The Namibian government has expressed displeasure over the number of Zimbabweans and other foreigners are entering into marriages of convenience with Namibians in order to qualify for that country’s citizenship.
Speaking during his annual address to home affairs staff in Windhoek recently Namibian Home Affairs Minister, Frans Kapofi said:
What is it that you (foreigner) are doing in Namibia? What is your agenda? Why would you resort to marrying a Namibian whom you necessarily do not love, just because you want to be a Namibian?
Our country is not for sale. We have gone through thick and thin to be where we are today, and we cannot sell our country. But we should not go to such extents to betray our country.
Applicants are resorting to buying their way into Namibia. This is an illegal way of obtaining status in Namibia, and would not be condoned.
Records at the Namibian home affairs ministry show that in 2017, 6 512 marriages were recorded and 440 of the marriages were of Namibians who married foreign nationals.