Ministers act to ease border post congestion

source: BOPA
18 November, 2008

KASANE -. Assistant Minister of Finance, Mr Samson Guma, and his Namibian counterpart, Mr Tjekero Twenya, on Saturday toured Ngoma, Kanzungula and Ferry border posts to familiarise themselves with the nature of the traffic congestions persisting there.

In an interview at Ngoma, Mr Guma said they are desirous of reducing the congestion at the three border posts.

“We want to avoid congestion of trucks at these border posts and also reduce movement of heavy vehicles in the Chobe National Park,” he said.

Recently, Botswana announced its intention to buy a large pantoon to ferry vehicles across the Chobe River while still awaiting the construction of Kazungula bridge due in 2011.

He said about 20-25 trucks use the border posts daily, adding that this was a challenge facing the two countries.

He said as result of congestions and delays, social ills such as prostitution were common in those areas. “We have to be on the ground,” he said.

He said the two countries also had to find ways through which they [continue reading]



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