National Assembly objects 10 bills due to lack of quorum


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


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


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 urges mass registration for national documents


The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has reiterated its call to those who do not have identity documents to take advantage of the mass registration programme.

So far, 34,802 people have acquired national documents since the programme's introduction.

The campaign, which started in February, will run until July in all 14 of the country's regions.

Home Affairs Ministry registers 50,000 people


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


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


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. 

RA hands over infrastructure and funds to Impalila Island community


While celebrating the completion and opening of roads on Impalila Island on Thursday, the Roads Authority (RA) handed over additional infrastructure and funds to the community.

The Chief Executive Officer of the RA, Conrad Lutombi, announced that after the completion of the roads, they are now busy with the process of manufacturing a floating dock for the ferry and vehicles coming into the island, which will be installed in the next four months.

Home Affairs reports progress in mass registration drive amid challenges


The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security says the mass registration process countrywide is making good progress. 

The Deputy Executive Director, Jackson Wandjiva, told nbc News that the ministry has so far achieved 70% of the set target. 

In February this year, the ministry embarked on a mass registration process to ensure that every Namibian without national documents receives them if they meet the requirements.

So far, about 35,000 people have been registered, out of the set target of 50,000. 

Concerns arise amid ongoing mass registration efforts


Untraceable sources, chancetakers, and uncooperative parents are some of the concerns about the ongoing mass registration process countrywide. 

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

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Registrar in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Jackson Wandjiva, says some people use shortcuts even during outreaches such as these.