Foreign nationals dragging MoHAI to court remains a challenge: Kapofi

13 Mar 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) – The situation of foreign nationals dragging the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration (MoHAI) to court for delays in response to their applications for status in Namibia remains a challenge for the ministry.
This was remarked by the MoHAI’s minister, Frans Kapofi here on Wednesday during the ministry’s 2019 annual staff meeting.
“There are a number of these people who wish to make Namibia their permanent, but lawful home. However, due to the lengthy, legal and administrative processes we use, a number of applications go unanswered or responded to very late,” he said.
He further stressed that too often, the ministry receive complaints that applicants’ files cannot be found or traced; which in many cases translates into the MoHAI being dragged to court.
“We have also noticed that because of these frustrations, applicants are resorting to buying their way into Namibia,” Kapofi said, cautioning that this is an illegal way of obtaining a status in Namibia and should not be condoned.
The minister urged everyone aspiring to become a Namibian citizen or resident to follow the requirements and procedures as outlined in the applicable laws.