Kasamane Border Post Officially Opens

THE N$42,2 million Kasamane border post in Okalongo constituency in Omusati region was officially inaugurated by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, on Friday.

Accompanied by deputy home affairs minister Elia Kaiyamo and the ministry’s permanent secretary, Patrick Nandago, Iivula-Ithana told the gathering that the Namibian and Angolan governments regularly come together to decide where border posts are needed along the two countries’ border.

The Kasamane border post was thus established and will mainly cater for residents in Omusati region on the Namibian side, and Cunene province in southern Angola.

Iivula-Ithana said an official border post at Kasamane was needed because the residents from Okalongo constituency in Namibia, who want to travel to Angola, and the residents from Ombadja district in Southern Angola, who want to travel to Namibia and beyond, were in the past limited to use either the Oshikango border post in the east or Omahenene border post in the west, which are about 150 kilometres apart.

“We know that the residents of Omusati region in Namibia and Cunene province in Angola, especially business people, have been waiting for the establishment of such a facility for very long. The immigration and customs offices will now ensure the legal movements of people and goods across the common border, and I am calling upon all of you, tourists, business people and general visitors to use these facilities. I am sure you will no longer have valid reasons not to cross the designated border post,” Iivula-Ithana said.

The ministry’s permanent secretary informed the gathering that only the first phase of the inaugurated facility has been completed, with the second phase to follow suit. Chief of the Ombadja Traditional Authority Mathias Walaula also encouraged his people living close to the Kasamane border post to make use of the new facilities. The occasion was also attended by Omusati regional and local councillors, immigration and customs officials, traditional and church leaders as well as business people, farmers and residents from the Okalongo constituency.

Source : The Namibian