Old IDs to be phased out soon: Iivula-Ithana

OSHAKATI; Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has called on Namibian citizens who have not yet applied for identity documents (IDs) to do so at their earliest convenience.

Iivula-Ithana made the call while inaugurating the Oshana Region’s new Home Affairs and Immigration office at Oshakati on Friday.

“The old South West African ID will soon be phased out, so if you still do not have the new blue or pink ID, make sure that you visit one of our offices at your earliest convenience,” the minister urged.

Iivula-Ithana did not mention the exact date when the old IDs will be phased out.

She explained that all Namibian citizens and permanent residents are by law required to register for a Namibian ID when they turn 16 years of age.

Every year, Iivula-Ithana said, her ministry visits secondary schools to take applications for IDs to support the process of getting everybody registered in a timeous fashion.

“It is essential to note it is ultimately the responsibility of each individual to apply for an ID,” the minister said.

Thirty-five staff members make up the Civil Registration and Immigration Services departments of the newly-established Oshana regional Home Affairs and Immigration office.