Etienne Maritz

Over 50 000 IDs uncollected

Over 50 000 IDs uncollected

Staff Reporter The Executive Director at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Etienne Maritz said the ministry is sitting with 52 899 uncollected identification documents at its head office since last year and is calling on the public to collect their identification documents. “The ministry has produced a total number of 114 353 identification cards out of which 61 455 have been collected. That means a total number of 52, 899 ID cards are still uncollected and are piling up at our offices. The ministry is humbly calling upon those who have applied for identity documents to…
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New look for identity cards of refugees  ….“African Guest Identity Card”

New look for identity cards of refugees ….“African Guest Identity Card”

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS), has released another batch of new-look identity cards for refugees. It says it is done within the ambit of applicable international and national legal framework. MHAISS Executive Director (ED), Etienne Maritz, says as a child of international solidarity, Namibia always seeks ways to accommodate guests seeking asylum and refuge, as evident in the inclusion of refugees in the new look IDs. Maritz says that the ministry wishes to inform members of the public, asylum seekers and the refugee community at large that it has been considered appropriate that…
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Namibians flock to Home Affairs for new look ID

Namibians flock to Home Affairs for new look ID

Tujoromajo Kasuto The Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security (MHAISS), has expressed with great concern the influx of members of the public who have been flooding their offices over the last weeks to exchange their current IDs with the new one after its launch last Tuesday. MHAISS Executive Director (ED), Etienne Maritz, in a statement issued today reiterates that there is no need for anyone to exchange her/his ID with the new-look ID, as the current ID remains valid. Only newly issued IDs, including duplicates, will be in the new format. First-time applications for IDs will remain free…
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Ministry not backing down on court challenge

Ministry not backing down on court challenge

Staff Writer The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security says it’s not backing down from legal challenges currently before courts after it issued travel documents to twin daughters of same sex couple Phillip, Guillermo Delgado. Executive Director of Home Affairs, Etienne Maritz, was quick to point out that, “the issued travel certificates do not confer Namibian citizenship on the twins and the issuance must not be construed to be a concession on the Minister's part that the twins are Namibian citizens.” The travel documents were issued after an applications for emergency travel certificates were received at the Namibian…
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