Ghana cancels arrival visas for Chinese nationals

The government of Ghana has cancelled Emergency Visa or Arrival Visa for Chinese nationals as part of the fight against illegal Mining.

Emergency Visa Policy was introduced by the Ghana Immigration Service to cater for visitors/business people who travel at short notice from countries where Ghana has no mission or consulate.

The policy authorizes visas to be granted on arrival at the airport or other entry points subject to specific Immigration requirements. This policy has been abused with many Chinese nationals taking advantage to come to Ghana to engage in galamsey.

However, according to the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, this arrival Visa privilege for Chinese have been cancelled.

“The Chinese nationals come to the country to engage in galamsey, they defecate into our rivers and pollute our river through illegal mining,” Mr. Dzamesi noted.

He continued: “But now, the Arrival Visa which the former government granted the Chinese have been cancelled. So if you are a Chinese and come to Ghana without Visa, you will go back to your China land.”


Nigeria says no plan to issue visas on arrival for all Africans

Lagos – Nigeria’s government says it has no plans to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans.

The African Union’s political affairs office had tweeted on Friday that Nigeria announced the plan at a retreat for permanent representatives to the continental body.

Nigeria’s Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, told The Associated Press on Sunday: “It is not true that we have any such plans.”

Africans need visas to travel to 55% of the continent, according to AU figures, and officials say that hurts trade.

 The AU has advocated for a single African passport and for abolishing visa requirements for all African citizens in all African countries by 2018.

Ghana, Rwanda, Mauritius and the Seychelles already issue visas on arrival to all African passport holders.


Africa: How Zimbabweans Risk Life and Limb to Cross Into South Africa

Jumping into a swimming pool is an insurmountable task for many — but Sithembile Moyo (34)* dares crocodiles and other dangerous reptiles found in the Limpopo River at least four times a month as she illegally crosses into South Africa in search of a better life.

For 10 years, Moyo, who hails from Beitbridge, has risked her life to cross the crocodile-infested river at least twice after every fortnight so that she could feed, clothe and send her three sons to school.

“What can I do for my family? Do you want them to die because I was afraid of a crocodile? I have a duty to take care of them, even if it means risking my life, let it be,” Moyo told The Standard news crew in Beitbridge last week shortly after crossing the Limpopo River from South Africa. She goes to work at a farm that has become popular with illegal immigrants.

She met the news crew on the banks of the river with her luggage which she was to carry for more 10km to the nearest bus stop.

“I have seen colleagues die in this river. Some drowned while others were attacked by crocodiles,” she said.

“But the question is: should I watch my children die of hunger when I can afford to cross the river? This is a matter of survival,” she narrates.

“We are used to this life. Every weekend I come home and on Monday I will be here again, in this water crossing back to South Africa where I work.

“I have seen a lot of things happening here, but the grace of God has kept me going.”

Early this year, Moyo witnessed six people drown after a heavy flood hit them while in the middle of the river.

The person whom they had paid to assist them cross the river was able to swim through the flood and survived.

“I have many friends who have failed to make it across the river because of many factors,” Moyo added.

“Some just collapse along the way, while others are hit by big logs and fall into the water. Some are killed by crocodiles.”