NC standing committee investigates challenges in issuance of IDs

21 Oct 2017 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – An investigation is underway into the challenges Namibians repatriated from Botswana face in acquiring national documents.
The National Council (NC)’s Standing Committee on Security, Constitutional and Legal Affairs is holding regional consultation meetings in seven regions.
The meetings which started on Friday are meant to assess the level of progress made in the registration and issuance of national documents to people repatriated from Botswana.
Public Relations Officer for the NC, Pamela Mate said in a media statement issued on Friday the consultative meetings were necessitated by various media reports of people in the remote areas not having national documents such as birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as national identity document (ID) cards.
“This situation has led to several people being deprived of accessing necessary services or benefits such as social grants, health care and education,” she said.
The regional consultative meetings will run from 20 October to 26 November 2017 and will take place in the //Kharas, Omaheke, Otjozondjupa, Kavango West, Zambezi, Ohangwena and Kunene regions.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration in April this year indicated that about 919 Namibian refugees were still at the Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana, while 903 refugees were cleared to return home in dignity and safety.