Home affairs on Wednesday said they are investigating about 70 shame marriages between local women and foreign men seeking to regularise their stay in the country without following procedures.
Home affairs deputy minister Maureen Hinda-Mbuende said the problem of sham marriages is not only a challenge in Namibia but the world over. She cautioned Namibians from engaging in sham marriages for financial gains.
“Namibia is a country with respect for human rights but like any other country faces the problem of shame marriages. Those who have married out of love and compassion have been allowed to live here and become citizens,” she said.
Hinda said the sham marriages are arranged like business transactions where women receive certain payments monthly from their supposed husbands who then gain the right to live in the country with full citizen rights acquired illegally.