Last-minute SIM card registration causes long queues

Scores of people have once again been spotted at MTC stores at Oshikango and Eenhana in the Ohangwena region as the deadline for nationwide SIM card registration is this Sunday.

The queues are stretching into surrounding roads, with many people subjected to extreme heat.

Samuel Benjamin of Onakalunga on Monday said he joined the queue at 05h00 already.

“I came here in the morning, thinking I would be lucky and find the place empty, but when I arrived I was disappointed to see many other people got here before me, and the queue has advanced. Now it’s almost 10h00 and I’m nowhere near the front,” he said.

Pensioner Ndeyamo Nghidinwa said: “I have been sitting here since 06h00, and now it’s almost 10h00. We are just too many and the queue is moving slowly. I have travelled far, and I don’t think I can come back again, so I just have to sit,” she said.

Erasmus Nekundi of MTC on Monday said the entity has encouraged the public on radio stations to take advantage of empty registration points.

“We have announced on most radio platforms to inform people to run and register their SIM cards, as most centres were empty, but as usual our people wait until the last minute,” he said.

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