Speaking at the Covid-19 Communication Centre in Windhoek this morning, finance ministry spokesperson Tonateni Shidhudhu said the application process for the Emergency Income Grant was designed for Namibians in possession of national documents.

Those without documents do not qualify for the grant.

Shidhudhu said they have targeted 739 000 people for the grant and have received 900 700 applications, of which 576 000 have been approved and processed for payment.

The application period closed on 30 April midnight, but Shidhudhu said the ministry provided three extra days to accommodate applicants who had to reapply. He said lines also closed on 8 May. He added that the ministry is currently verifying applications to exclude fraud.

Shidhudhu said the ministry is still busy with the payment process while verifying some applications. He said Namibians who have been rejected because their names and surnames contain special characters should approach their nearest constituency office.

The ministry has also set up a point at the head office in Windhoek for these purposes. He said this process will be ongoing until 15 May. According to Shidhudhu, applicants should bring their identification documents along to verify their application.

The ministry spokesperson encouraged Namibians whose identification numbers have been used to apply without their knowledge to report it to the police as a crime. He said they should also approach the ministry with their ID cards for verification. Applicants rejected on the basis of having a tax number should be patient as the ministry will communicate with them tomorrow regarding this issue.

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