Botswana: Bazezuru want minister’s intervention

Published: 9/Jan/2013
Source: Botswana Daily News / BOPA

By Goitsemodimo Williams

Members of the Bazezuru community in Mandunyane have asked for a meeting with labour and home affairs minister, Mr Edwin Batshu to discuss the contentious issues of citizenship and national registration.

The residents made the request through area MP, Mr Pono Moatlhodi during a kgotla meeting he addressed in the village on Tuesday.

A representative of Bazezuru, Mr Sam Mutoriti said they were always accused of denying their children the opportunity to get education.

He said this was not the case because when they tried to acquire birth certificates for their children, the department of immigration and citizenship tossed them from pillar to post, with the result that some eventually gave up any attempt to get the documents.

However, he said the documents were needed for the children in order for schools to accept their children.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Birth Registration, Statelessness
Regions: Botswana
Year: 2013