Foreigners taking chances turned away at OATF

30 Aug 2013 03:30
ONGWEDIVA, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – Many foreigners were turned away from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s stand when they wanted to illegally apply for Namibian identification documents and passports at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF).
The Ministry has a stand at the OATF, where hundreds of people flocked to apply for identification documents (IDs), passports, full birth certificates, duplicate IDs as well as registration of birth and application of death certificates.
Speaking to Nampa on Friday, Senior Human Resources’ Officer Caroline Buchane said as they are trying to bring services closer to the people, some people are trying to manoeuvre the system.
“Many foreigners were turned away as they wanted to acquire Namibian IDs and passports,” she explained, adding that the ministry’s officials had luckily brought along the National Population Registration System (NPRS) database.
“We catch them quickly because they are not registered in the NPRS,” she said.
Officials have also brought along the M-File, which centres around the verification of birth and deaths.
Buchane thus warned would-be culprits not to try and take chances to manipulate the system as “we have all the resources to catch you”.
She indicated that not only foreigners were taking chances, but also Namibians who were bringing wrong documents to apply for passports and IDs.
“Some of them do not have birth certificates, and others bring IDs with different names, which do not correspond with the birth certificates,” she indicated.
All these people are promptly turned away.
More than 1000 people have so far applied for passports, IDs, full birth certificates, death certificates and duplicate documents.
Preferential treatment is given to senior citizens, pregnant women and mothers with small babies here.
It is the first time that the Ministry has brought the services closer to people at the OATF.
Meanwhile, new services and products such as helicopter rides are offered by Expedite Aviation here, which is flying visitors around to view the northern regions.
TransNamib has also brought a mock train which transport visitors around the trade fair centre.