Zambia High Commissioner Visits Palapye

| April 7, 2016

By Mothusi Galekhutle

Palapye - The Zambian High Commissioner to Botswana Brigadier General Patrick Tembo has commended the Zambians staying in Botswana for their continued exemplary conduct.

Their conduct he said has "undoubtedly enhanced the image of not only the community but also that of the entire country of Zambia."

Brigadier General Tembo who was addressing the Zambian community at Palapye on Monday urged them to remain above board in terms of observing the law in this foreign land, "in that way, you will be good ambassadors of your country," he said.

He emphasised that they should continue being good citizens of Zambia in Botswana, working together and keeping in touch with the mission of all matters concerning their welfare.

The high commissioner expressed appreciation that some Zambians in the diaspora are committed to investing back home, adding that "this is what it should be."

He encouraged them to continue doing so and keeping abreast with the developments back home especially that the country is headed for elections.

Brigadier General Tembo encouraged them to go back to their country to cast their vote.

The government, he said is doing its best to catch up and is aware of the many concerns of its citizens in the diaspora and is in the process of finalising a diaspora policy that is expected to address most of the concerns.

"The policy will address among other issues processes of investing back home and acquisition of land," he stated.

Brigadier General Tembo was hopeful that the policy will soon come into effect and that it will meet expectations of most of them in the diaspora.

He explained that it is the intention of the government to address issues of concern to the Zambians in the diaspora wholesomely as opposed to dealing with them piece-meal so that these citizens may effectively contribute towards the national development.

Responding to concerns from the Zambian community regarding certifying their documents only at their embassy rather than at any police station as it was the case in the past, Consular officer at Zambia high commission, Mr Mathew Ntikisha said that was due to security reasons.

Mr Ntikisha said it is difficult to prove the authenticity of documents that are produced in institutions outside Botswana thus they will continue certifying their documents at their embassy.

Botswana nationals that accompanied the high commissioner described the Zambian nationals as humble and law abiding.

Palapye deputy Kgosi, Michael Maforaga said though Botswana is troubled by illegal immigrants, Zambians are not part of them.

He said Zambians were among the people who established Palapye and some Batswana who stay there originate from Zambia.

Palapye Sub-council chairperson, Mr Lesedi Phuthego said he interacted with many nationals but Zambians are the most humble community.

Morupule ward councillor,Mr Jordan Makhura appreciated the "atherhood" of Zambians especially as pastors who continuously serve them "the daily bread."

Richard Mwale, residing at Khurumela ward in Palapye came to Botswana in 1991 and now a permanent resident of Botswana said Batswana and Zambians appreciate one another.

Source: All Africa

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