DRC fire victims get new IDs

The home affairs ministry handed over identity documents to persons who lost all their belongings in a fire.

04 August 2021 | Ministries

Albert Kawana; Minister; “I came here to share your pain and suffering.”

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The minister of home affairs, immigration, safety and security Albert Kawana recently handed over 33 identity documents (IDs) and birth certificates to the fire victims of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund.

A fire gutted their homes on 16 July and in the process destroyed their properties, including IDs.

Speaking at the occasion, Kawana said that he was cognisant of how the fire affected the victims.

“I understand how it feels to lose the property one owns, especially for those who are struggling without an income and without employment,” he said.

The ministry recently increased the fees for national documents like IDs, birth certificates and passports. However, the ministry gave the assurance that the fire victims would receive their new documents free of charge.

“When I saw what happened, I said no, our people cannot suffer again because those documents will be the ones used by the pensioners to access their pensions. These documents are also used by you to access banks, where proof of identity is required for transactions.”

Kawana said that a national document is very important, “as it shows that you are a legitimate Namibian citizen, who is entitled to be assisted by the government in a situation like this. I decided to come here myself after the treasury of the ministry of finance agreed with me to hand over these documents to you without you having to pay for it, so that you can at least pick up the pieces and move on,” he said.

He expressed his sympathy towards the fire victims for their loss.

“I am really very sorry for the losses you incurred. We will do everything possible to see how we can assist.”

The victims are being temporarily accommodated at the Mondesa sports field.