Namibia, Zambia compare notes on civil registration

In a move aimed at enhancing internal security and ensuring credible national registration, Namibia and Zambia have embarked on a collaborative effort to share expertise and best practices in the fields of civil registration and identity management systems.

A high-level delegation from Zambia's National Registration, Passport, and Citizenship Department is in Namibia to engage in this knowledge-sharing initiative. 

Swakopmund businesses urged to enhance security 

Businesses in Swakopmund are being urged to improve their security measures.

The directive was issued during a safety and security meeting aimed at addressing safety concerns in the town.

The town's mayor, Dina Namubes, says that while people feel safe wherever they live, work, or spend their free time, this is not the situation in Swakopmund.

Namubes notes that gang-infested neighbourhoods are becoming a growing concern for communities, with the safety of learners, parents, teachers, and tourists at stake.

Introduction of contactless microchip ID approved

Namibia's Cabinet has approved the introduction of contactless microchip identity documents.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, said during his weekly Cabinet Briefing that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has now been directed to consider the introduction of digital ID documents that would comprise all national documents.

Among other Cabinet decisions, Dr. Mushelenga also stated that additional funding for critical activities and interventions to strengthen health systems has been approved.

NamPol encourages individuals to join community police units

The Police Inspector-General, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo, and the Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, have encouraged more individuals to join the community police units in their respective regions.

Speaking during a community meeting in Zambezi, Lieutenant General Shikongo applauded the region's high number of volunteers who are actively engaged in the community police programme.

Journalists exposed to online safety tools

Journalists are urged to protect their online communications and information from the growing threats brought on by the digital age.

These were the sentiments shared by journalists attending a workshop titled "Investigative Journalism in the Digital Age" underway in Windhoek.

Although technology has created major shifts in how journalism is practised nowadays, enhancing freedom of expression, access to information, and the promotion of accountability and transparency is still key.

Home Affairs Ministry complies with Supreme Court's judgement on same-sex marriages

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security says it will comply with the Supreme Court's judgement on same-sex marriages.

In a statement, the Executive Director of the Ministry, Etienne Maritz, says the ministry acknowledges the independence of the courts and the finality of Supreme Court decisions.

Maritz says the ministry is currently engaged in consultations with relevant key stakeholders regarding any other legal implications that may arise from the judgement.

Katima Mulilo/Zambia Border Post to operate 24/7

The Katima Mulilo Border Post between Namibia and Zambia will start operating 24 hours a day by the end of next month.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, says this is one of the steps the government is taking to ensure smooth trade and services with its neighbouring countries.

Dr. Kawana was addressing a two-week training workshop for the security sector and other agencies operating at the border.

Home Affairs Ministry takes steps to enhance civil registration and identification processes

The Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Daniel Kashikola, has taken a significant step towards enhancing civil registration and identification processes by tabling a comprehensive bill in Parliament.

The proposed legislation aims to modernise and streamline the existing civil registration system, ensuring efficient and accurate recording of vital events and providing individuals with a secure legal identity.

Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security dragged to court

The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security (MoHAISS) is facing another court matter after it was dragged to court for refusing to issue a man with Namibian citizenship with a Namibian passport.

22-year-old Russell Kwizera was born to his Burundian refugee parents in 2002 at the Otjiwarongo State Hospital and was issued with a Namibian full birth certificate and a confirmation of birth document.

Kwizera was later issued with a Namibian identification document, which states that he is a citizen.