Lesotho Passports and National Identity Cards services fail to resume

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Maseru – Scores of people who sought passport and National Identity Cards services turned away when a promise for resumption of such services was not fulfilled by the ministry of home affairs today.

Many customers who flocked the Post Office and the passport services buildings returned home upon learning the ministry encountered some technical problems on the operational system.

Home Affairs Minister Joang Molapo announced in parliament Thursday last week the provision for such services would resume today after almost a five-month halt.

Molapo told newsline365.wordpress.com today the ministry “encountered technical problems causing a disruption to resume with the services” remarking his ministry was working on rescuing the situation by Wednesday.

In a statement released today, the ministry of home affairs apologized to the public saying there were some belated arrangements being undertaken to resume the services.

Passport, birth certificates registration and National Identity Cards registration services were halted in June 2014 in a dispute over the contractual obligations between the Government of Lesotho and Nikuv International Projects, an Israeli company.

Nikuv has been paid M19.83 million (USD1.775 million) in part in return for the company resuming services. A detailed agreement is being concluded between the government and Nikuv although it was agreed the services would begin today.

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