Uncollected IDs and passports a chronic problem: Iivula-Ithana

13 May 2016 08:40am
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) – About 80 000 Namibian Identity Documents (IDs) and 8 855 Namibian passports remain uncollected from Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration offices nationwide.
Some of the passports have expired.
These figures were revealed at a media briefing in Windhoek on Thursday by Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.
She said failure to collect such national documents is a chronic problem, and it is not clear whether the problem is with the ministry or with the applicants.
“People come forward to apply for the IDs and they don’t collect them. It is not our responsibility to chase after them in the villages and give them their ID cards; it is for them to come forward and collect their IDs,” the minister stated.
Iivula-Ithana added that it is a waste of Government resources as these cards and machines are bought with foreign currency.
She noted that her ministry has not yet disposed of any of the documents but has been discussing the possibility of getting Treasury to approve the destruction of such documents.
Additional information provided by an official in the line ministry has it that there are about 4 000 uncollected passports which have expired.
Passports have a validity period of five years.