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Kavango West Region prepares for new Civic Affairs Office

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The Kavango West Region will soon have its own improved Civic Affairs Office.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has plans in the pipeline to construct a regional civic affairs office at Nkurenkuru.

Since the 2013 demarcation, the Kavango West Region still depends on Kavango East for some government services.

Currently, the region has a Civic Affairs Office that does not offer all the required services. 

The office is also understaffed, contributing to the high number of undocumented people in the region.

National Assembly objects 10 bills due to lack of quorum

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Members of Parliament in the National Assembly have objected to the tabling of ten bills during Wednesday's session because of a lack of quorum.

Others, however, questioned the reasons for the objections, noting that the first reading of bills does not require a quorum, as no voting takes place at that stage.

Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo emphasised the importance of members' attendance and participation, stressing that procedural delays waste parliamentary resources and time.

Home Affairs Ministry alerts on counterfeit birth certificates and IDs syndicate

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The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has issued a public alert regarding a syndicate engaged in the production and sale of counterfeit Namibian birth certificates and IDs. This illicit operation threatens the integrity of national documents and poses significant risks to national security.

Home Affairs Minister justifies N$8 million checkpoint

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The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Albert Kawana, expressed satisfaction with the cost of the construction of the Onhuno police checkpoint, which amounted to over N$8 million.

Dr. Kawana responded to a question from the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) leader, McHenry Venaani, regarding why the ministry did not investigate what appears to be a misuse of taxpayer funds.

The upgrade of the checkpoint includes a shelter and office block with restroom facilities for officers and the public.

Home Affairs Ministry registers 50,000 people

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The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has reached its target of registering 50,000 people for birth certificates and identification documents through the ongoing mass registration.

Additionally, 7,332 applicants were registered as stateless and undocumented persons.

The mass registration process, which commenced in February country-wide, will run until the 30th of July.

Citizens without identity documents are called upon to visit the registration points.

Hundreds flock to John Pandeni Constituency Office to obtain national documents

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Thousands of Namibians are still without national documents. 

This is evident in the number of Windhoek residents who have been flocking to the John Pandeni Constituency Office to get their documents. 

Following the announcement by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security to conduct a national outreach programme for obtaining national documents countrywide, its offices have been inundated by people in need of these documents. 

Cabinet approves implementation of visa requirements for non-reciprocating countries

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Cabinet has granted the Ministry of Home Affairs the right to impose a visa regime over all countries that have not reciprocated Namibia's gesture of visa exemption.

The strategic decision is aimed at fostering fair and balanced diplomatic relations and will affect 31 countries. In recent years, Namibia, through the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, has extended gestures of goodwill and favourable treatment to nationals of various countries. 

28,000 people register for national documents since campaign launch

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28,000 people have so far registered for national documents since the launch of the Mass Registration for National Documents campaign in February.

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security is conducting the mass registration outreach programme across all 14 regions of Namibia.

So far, 13,060 new identity documents have been issued, while 4,198 duplicate IDs have been given. 

 Another 114 IDs were converted from the pre-independence South West African ID to the new national identity document.

Endola Police Station inaugurated

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The police are stepping up their commitment to provide safety and security with the inauguration of a new police station at Endola in the Endola constituency of the Ohangwena Region.

The police station, which was constructed for N$42.5 million, is part of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security's efforts to bring services closer to the people.

Minister Albert Kawana says that the new facility, which is equipped with modern technology and 18 uniformed personnel, has all the tools needed to combat crime. 

Ministry of Home Affairs misses performance target

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The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has missed its performance target. 

The Head of Performance, Assurance Monitoring, and Evaluation Directorate in the Namibia Correctional Service therefore called on the ministry's staff to take the performance agreement system (PMS) seriously. 

Speaking at the Ministerial Annual Planning Workshop, Commissioner Lovisa Uukelo said more still needs to be done by the ministry to reach the 80% performance target as outlined by the Harambee Prosperity Plan II.