The Namibian (Windhoek)

30 January 2013

Namibia: Kunene in Need of Home Affairs Office

THE Outjo Constituency councillor, Abraham Jobs, wants a sub-regional Home Affairs office at Outjo for residents of the southern part of the Kunene Region, as currently applications for identity documents are only handled at Opuwo or in Otjiwarongo.

Jobs said most people cannot afford to travel to Opuwo or Otjiwarongo, or even Grootfontein, to apply for passports or identification cards.

A building is available at Ethoshapoort and his office is currently in discussions to either rent or sell the building to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Such an office would also decrease the workload at the Otjiwarongo and Opuwo offices, he said.

Jobs said the population of Kunene South justifies a sub-regional office and the Ministry of Home Affairs had already approved the creation of such an office some years ago.

"Our people don't have money to travel long distances therefore offices must be brought closer to the masses," Jobs emphasised.

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