WINDHOEK: A four-day annual general meeting of the Africa Prosecutors’ Association (APA) aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of prosecuting authorities and other related agencies in Africa, begins here this coming Sunday.
The meeting will run until Wednesday next week, and bring together a large number of professionals and legal experts from about 45 African countries to deliberate on and discuss issues related to prosecution on the continent.
The scheduled meeting was publicly announced by Advocate Rolanda van Wyk, who is the head of training and capacity-building in the Office of the Prosecutor-General here in a media statement availed to Nampa this morning.
According to Van Wyk, topics to be put on the table include the African Union’s principles and guidelines on national prosecution independence; the mandate of the African Court of Justice and its implications on the individual African states; as well as the available legal assistance in the prosecution of transnational organised crimes and criminals.
Other topics to be discussed are the international criminal laws and its implications in Africa, international cooperation in criminal matters, and the practical aspects of prosecuting and adjudicating international and transnational crimes.
WINDHOEK; The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has denied allegations that it has not been issuing passports for the past two months due to a shortage of passport booklets.
Responding to claims made by members of the public in text messages published by a local daily newspaper, the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Salome Kambala said at a media briefing in the capital yesterday that the ministry indeed experienced a shortage of passport booklets, but these had not run out completely.
The passport booklets are printed by a company in France.
Kambala said the printing company needs a deposit and down-payment before any printing is done, and the Ministry of Home Affairs is always on time with the payments, but ‘unpredictable situations’ arise during the ordering process, which can cause a lot of delays.
The PRO, therefore, encouraged members of the public to keep coming to the Ministry to apply for national documents such as identity documents (IDs), birth certificates and passports as they will be assisted as normal.