British Explorer seeks visa to enter Angola to walk along Zambezi river
BRITISH explorer David Lemon is now seeking the intervention of Minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda to help him convince the Angola authorities to grant him a visa to go through that country on his mission to walk the length of the Zambezi River.
The 67-year-old has been trying to get a visa from the Angolan authorities for the past five days but to no avail, hence seeking the intervention of Mr Lubinda.
He says he applied for an express visa, which was supposed to have been given priority, so that his mission is not delayed.
Mr Lemon said in an interview from Solwezi yesterday that he has sent a text message to Mr Lubinda to inform him of the difficulties he is experiencing in getting a visa from Luanda.
All things being equal, Mr Lemon is supposed to take 10 months walking along the Zambezi River, after which he will write a book documenting his experience on one of the world’s greatest water serpents.
He wants the minister to facilitate the process, which has been delayed for almost a week.
“I sent the message to the minister asking him to talk to the Angolan embassy in Luanda so that they can give me a visa,” he said.
Mr Lemon said staff at the Angola consulate in Solwezi told him that they were relying on information from Luanda, the capital of Angola, before they could do anything.
“I asked the lady at the consulate here (Solwezi) as to when Luanda is expected to respond but she did not give me any indications,” he said.
Mr Lemon is surprised that an express visa application can take so long.
“That is an express visa, which is very expensive. I spent a lot of money on it,” Mr Lemon said.
He said it was not right for him to continue staying at Ngongo Lodge in Solwezi, spending money from his sponsors, Prosmidor, the makers of Cowbell, for doing nothing.
On Wednesday last week, Mr Lemon embarked on the journey on Zambezi River but was sent back at Jimbe near Angola after walking for three days, because he had no entry visa.