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Namibia's government says the country remains a safe and stable place to live, adding that those seeking asylum in foreign jurisdictions do so out of personal choice.

Reports have, however, surfaced that a significant number of Namibians left the country seeking refuge in the United Kingdom.

This week, news reports circulated that over a thousand Namibians who applied for asylum in the UK were denied.

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation's Executive Director, Dr. Penda Naanda, has expressed regret that the communication intended for internal stakeholders was leaked prematurely, causing public concern.

Some of those seeking asylum have cited threats to their safety as members of the LGBTQI community.

Naanda, however, dismissed the reasons given by those seeking asylum, saying that there are no recorded cases of violence or violence targeting the LGBTQI communities or individuals in Namibia.

"Whatever the British decide to do is out of our hands. Our responsibility is to assist those nationals who will find themselves under those circumstances and need help."

He says the country may not recognize same-sex relationships and criminalize sodomy, but that does not translate into threats against the LGBTQI community.

Ambassador Naanda has assured the public that Namibia remains a safe country to live in.

"Namibia is a peaceful country. The United Kingdom has a High Commissioner here and can attest that Namibia is a free country. We do not subject anyone to undue pressure. Journalists, for example, have not been imprisoned. There is freedom of speech, association, and movement. So whoever is leaving the country should go and propagate the reasons for leaving the country."

He stressed that the international community is witness to the fact that Namibia respects the rights of all citizens, including the right to travel to any destination of their choice.

The government will now engage the families of those affected by the asylum seekers facing deportation to find a solution that will ensure their well-being.

This may include repatriation or any measure that is in line with domestic and international protocols.

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