DC feud over Mo­sisili deep­ens

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Lim­pho Sello

THE Min­istry of Home Af­fairs’ Na­tional Iden­tity and Civil Reg­istry (NICR) depart­ment has opened new of­fices at Maseru Mall to re­duce con­ges­tion at its Post Of­fice build­ing head­quar­ters.

Speak­ing dur­ing a press brief­ing to an­nounce the de­vel­op­ment on Mon­day, Min­istry of Home Af­fairs Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Ad­vo­cate Bore­na­habokhethe Sekonyela, said NICR was be­set with a huge back­log of birth cer­tifi­cate and na­tional iden­tity (ID) ap­pli­ca­tions in Maseru.

He said the back­log was more acute in Maseru since the district had the high­est pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try. As a re­sult, Ad­vo­cate Sekonyela said, many Ba­sotho had en­dured stand­ing in long queues at the Post Of­fice build­ing to get the es­sen­tial doc­u­ments.

He said NICR of­fi­cials would work longer hours at the new of­fices, which will be open ev­ery day and even on pub­lic hol­i­days.

“We will work flex­i­ble hours at the new of­fices un­like at the Post Of­fice build­ing where we were open from 8am to 5pm,” said Ad­vo­cate Sekonyela.

“At our Maseru Mall of­fices, we will be open from 8am to 7pm on week­days, while on week­ends and hol­i­days we will op­er­ate from 9am to 5pm.”

He said the ex­tra hours were meant to ac­com­mo­date peo­ple who worked long hours such as fac­tory work­ers and Ba­sotho re­sid­ing in South Africa who were only free on week­ends and hol­i­days.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Ad­vo­cate Lekhetho Rakuoane, chipped in say­ing the mall was a less stress­ful place to queue es­pe­cially with the cur­rent chilly weather con­di­tions.

“The new of­fices are more pleas­ant, es­pe­cially in this cold weather where it can rain at any time, leav­ing peo­ple at the mercy of the el­e­ments,” he said.

The Maseru Mall of­fices, the min­is­ter said, would only pro­vide birth cer­tifi­cates, while ID ap­pli­ca­tions would con­tinue to be made at the Post Of­fice build­ing. He said se­nior cit­i­zens could con­tinue ap­ply­ing for birth cer­tifi­cates at the Post Of­fice build­ing of­fices to re­duce the num­ber of ap­pli­cants at the mall.

Ad­vo­cate Rakuoane added that the min­istry would soon de­cen­tralise the birth cer­tifi­cate and ID reg­istry process to the dis­tricts to re­duce con­ges­tion.

Home Af­fairs PS Adv. Bore­na­habokhethe Sekonyela.

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