Source: The Voice (Gaborone)
By Francinah Baaitse Mmana
Since 2013 scores of Batswana of Angolan descent have been rendered stateless after government revoked their national identity cards.
This started when government used the renunciation law, which requires children born of a foreign parent to renounce citizenship of their parent at the age of 21 before they can be issued Botswana Citizenship.
Many who were issued identification documents (Omang and Passport) before despite the law, had their documents taken away which left them stateless and in a predicament whereby they cannot even seek employment. Such people cannot even access their bank accounts or carry out business transactions.