Home Affairs probing ID fraud

11 Oct 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – Senior staff at the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration have until Monday to submit internal audit reports on suspected fraudulent activities in the issuance of national documents.
The ministry has been facing challenges with a persistent trend of fraud and fake documents, especially birth certificates being found in possession of the public when applying for identity (ID) cards.
During a two-day annual meeting with senior staff from various regions here on Wednesday, Permanent Secretary Patrick Nandago expressed concern over fraudulent activities in the issuance of national documents, particularly IDs.
Nandago said the ministry was in the process of investigating some employees within the ministry in some regions, who were suspected of altering and falsifying information on ID cards.
He indicated that the fake documents were issued with fabricated particulars of individuals to defraud banks and aid in other fraudulent activities.
Nandago also bemoaned supervisors for not taking action against staff committing fraud as they did not think of the repercussions.
“Supervisors in the ministry are failing to take remedial action towards those who transgressed; while they (transgressors) continue to cause damage and havoc to the system,” he said.
Nandago added that staff found to be involved in falsifying national documents would be dealt with by the ministry.
The two-day meeting was held to address staff from the regions on departmental challenges and to provide a status report on the progress on the National Population Registration System.
The meeting which ends on Thursday will also look at the status of civil registration in Namibia and how to improve data quality through new auditing measures.