Marriages of convenience on the rise - Batshu

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Marriages of convenience have become a common phenomenon in Botswana and if the nation is not careful, there could be serious consequences, Minister of Labour and Home Affairs Edwin Batshu has cautioned.

Speaking to the Monitor on Friday, he said that his ministry is currently investigating cases of 'marriages of convenience' which have lasted for only a short period of time before falling apart.  So far, some people have approached his office to try to cancel the citizenship status of their spouses who have divorced them immediately after acquiring Botswana citizenship.

"It is true that we are handling cases where people want us to cancel the citizenship of their former spouses because they have divorced them. But it is not possible to do that because divorce is between two people. Unless that person has committed a serious crime, we cannot cancel their citizenship," he said.

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