WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration denied allegations that it has not been issuing passports to the public for the past two months, due to shortages of passports booklets.
Responding to those allegations made through a daily newspaper’s text messages, in the capital yesterday, (03 October 2011), that Ministry’s Public Relations Officer (PRO) Salome Kambala said her Ministry experienced a shortage of passport booklets but have not run out completely.
She explained that the arrangement for procuring is also not an easy one because it is not only the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration which is involved, but also the Ministry of Finance to get foreign currency.
“ This is not true; the situation is that every year the demands of passport differ from year to year,” she noted.
Kambala added that this year the demands have increased dramatically more special towards the end of the year where many people travel to go on holidays.
According to that PRO, the Passports are ordered from the printing company in France and therefore, it is not a straight forward order.
“You must have foreign currency for that. These types of arrangements sometimes cause delays,” Kambala stressed.
The company needs a deposit and down payments before any printing is done, she said adding that that Ministry is always on time but the unpredictably situations occur in the process of ordering procedures and these causes a lot of delay sometimes.
The Ministry is providing service delivery every day and people must follow the requirements on how to obtain a passport and they will be assisted as normal.
She therefore encouraged members of the public to come to the Ministry and seek the national documents such as Identity Documents (IDs), Both Birth and late registration, Passport applications as well as student permit and residential permit.