Clearing agents ordered to stop operating at border posts

Clearing agents ordered to stop operating at border posts

The Namibian Police want clearing agents to stop operating at border posts.
Namibian Police Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, says the border post offices are for Customs and Immigration officials and the Police, to work.
The Police chief says the presence of the agents in the so-called no-man's land in-between border posts, compromise security.
This follows the recent eviction of 18 clearing agents and four grocery retailers from the Kalahari Border Post, where they had been operating.
The Kalahari Border Post links Namibia with Botswana, near the town of Gobabis.
One of the affected clearing agents, Victoria Leonard, has told NBC News that their eviction comes a month after the Omaheke Regional Police commander also ordered the agents to vacate.
But she says the agents and retailers have ignored the order to leave, as they had nowhere else to take their business.
Leonard says the Gobabis local authority has made land available, but it is still being serviced.
The clearing agent complained that their eviction has delayed the clearing of cargo entering and leaving Namibia, with 20 trucks with uncleared cargo currently stranded at the border post, while most agents are unable to work.
Chief of Customs at the Kalahari Border Post, Kaela Immanuel, has confirmed the eviction of the clearing agents and the delays this have caused to the smooth running of the border post.