Immigration runs out Malawi passport books due to printing debt

Members of parliament on Tuesday failed to force government to issue a statement of suspension of passport book issuance after it emerged printers have stopped printing the official travel documents until treasury honours a US$22 million debt.passport

Chitipa South legislator Welani Chilenga and other backbenchers accused the government of torturing its citizens by not telling them the truth that issuance of passport books had been suspended.

Chilenga said unsuspecting Malawians spend long hours at Immigration offices queuing for the passport books not knowing they are no longer issued.

However, Home Affairs minister Jean Kalirani said the printers, Technobrain should resume printing the books any time after treasury released US$7 million to clear part of the debt.

“They committed themselves to start printing after they received the money so this issue is now over, people should not panic,” she said.

The government is facing financial crisis which has seen huge budgetary cuts to some departments and President Peter Mutharika suspending external travel as the economy is facing turbulent waters.

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22 thoughts on “Immigration runs out Malawi passport books due to printing debt”

  1. Mr says:

    In Malawi’s problems are rooted in several a places 1. Our parties lack clear ideologies and beliefs which they stand for. 2. We as a state do no have a vision we go with whatever the government of the day says we need to have a state vision which will remain regardless of governing party. 3. The people of Malawi must be politically educated they must know what they believe in and which party stands for their beliefs don’t just vote for someone because they have you a kg of sugar think long term.

  2. Winston Msowoya says:

    Mathanyula,how would you neglect our Malawian heroes like Dr.Athati Mphakati your countryman from Cholo/Mulanje and accept the road to be named Robert Mugabe.What has Mugabe done to our nation,birds of the same feathers flock together? Please take down Mugabe’s name and forthwith,erect Dr.attati Mphakati’s name who was brutally assassinated by Banda’s murder squad in 1983,in Harare,Zimbabwe.Attati died while fighting Banda’s evil regime and was an indisputable economist of our time.Forget about Brutal and senile Mugabe,who is oppressing his own people whom he fought for.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Sorry my Malawi, u was gud i those days but now eish or xeno itayambaso we not gonna ran away we better die here, “better she than he” May Lord hear our crial and action on it.

  4. Tozer Tsono says:

    When picking presidents, choose depending on the solutions you wish to see in your lives and those of others in the country. All the presidents, so far, have come from the Central and Southern Malawi. They are chosen based on nepotism and deep seated hatred, as evidenced in, voter calls like “wakuba yomweyo” (paraphrased interpretation, we need the thief himself), or we don’t need someone from the North of Malawi. Vote in a Northerner that you can hold accountable, otherwise, you will suffer under the leadership of so called leaders from the South and Central of Malawi. Get Smart!!!!!!

  5. concerned citizen says:

    In my opinion malawi citizens are trying their best tikulipira ma passport we aint getting then for free in short Malawian government under the ruling of peter mutharica you have let us down this is bullshit

  6. If they are failing to run an instutution like immigration yomwe imapanga ndalama zambiri pa tsiku ndie akwanitsa ziti

  7. Andtew says:

    Wow 22 million dollars, that is 16.5 Billion Kwacha oweing, how can any company survive with such outstanding receivables.

    Something is wrong with these amounts must be 22 million kwacha,

    No reason for such late payment by the government citizens pay immigration for the passport, a portion should automatically go to the supplier.

    Shame on this government in creating this situation after a citizen has paid the fees.

  8. Kadakwiza says:

    This is bad

  9. JCInLA says:

    My fellow Malawians, just follow this link http://www.technobrain.com/ of the company that is supposed to be printing these passports. They are a Chines company.
    They are so many great professionals inn Malawi that are capable of doing this and keeping our national security. Just imagine, the Chinese have every passport number a Malawian is carrying right now. Do you think that is safe.
    When I recently landed at KIA, I was shocked to see the people implementing the passport/immigration software were all Indians. Come on now. We have great IT people in Malawi.
    Corruption=poverty=desperate people= instability=civil war.
    May the higher power bless and help Malawi, please.

  10. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    Nothing DPP govt can do better. They are complete fools, no gutts

  11. OsmanLastnumber says:

    Mr President it looks like your a b***
    InfAct u gonna die like a f** kin sh***
    Mr president shame on you!
    Mr Peter u dont derseve to be our leader.
    When are we going to stop crying ?
    Tasiyilan ngati zakuvutan iyaa mufuna kutionongera ka warm heart of Afrika

  12. diki matenje says:

    Mathanyula in actino sizinati just wait.

  13. fumu yatonga says:

    Some time u have to surrender b4 people ask u to do so. Accept dat the office z huge for u, step down and gain respect from Malawian don’t be like Gaddafi

  14. giftgift says:

    tatopa a Peter learn fm Mbeki just resign be 4 cardirc has struck u after all simunamenyerepo ufulu at a pang o no .

  15. Zona says:

    We’ve always had our priorities upside down that’s why we are always in a predicament when it comes to crucial matters. Priority is stealing , corruption, laziness etc.. We can’t go far. The youth of today will suffer a lot for they will have a lot of debts to pay. Debts our grandpa’s like APM,Goodall are taking without thinking of the future and better ways to use the current available funds.

    Failed state Malawi!!!!

  16. Abudla says:

    One can hardly understand how such a department can accumulate debt to this amount. Every passport collected is paid by the recipient including others who are severely charged in order to have this important document at the earliest time. Where does all this money go to? People pockets? I recommend that daily transactions from this institution be made public – number of applicants in a day, money collected, first passports or renewals, home of origin, visas issued etc.. this could help accountability.

  17. Kwaeni says:

    One way to overcome forex problems on issuances of passports is to request that those in the diaspora must pay in hard currency for very urgent passports. At least it will ease th pressure on forex. Local residence can still pay in Malawian Kwacha and so they will not be prejudiced.

  18. Jahan says:

    Is there any part of this gvt that DPP is doing well?

  19. Winston Msowoya says:

    What a laughable and shameful failure?If the government is planning to construct a new stadium in Blantyre costing billions of Kwacha,how can it fail to print passports one of the most vital symbols of the Malawian identity?This clearly demonstrates that the regime of Mathanyula is in the death coffin ready to be buried and forgotten.This reminds me of the former Ugandan rogue President General Iddy Dada Amin,when his Minister of Finance reported to him that Uganda had no money in cyclestion,he rushed at him and told him to print forthwith as Uganda produces immense papers otherwise he could fire him.The minister pleaded with him that we don’t print money just like that we need administrative procedures in place.Amin told his shaken and confused Minister to get out of his office.For the Minister that was a death warrant and he rushed home took his family and drove to Kenya where he applied for refugee status.However,we can forgive the rogue because he never went to school,how about the learned Professor Mathanyula? How is it that in Malawi,every thing is falling apart? Mr Mathanyula and your gang of buffoons and morons step down for the best interests of our nation and its people.

    1. Lets take our country back says:

      And the stupid president says he has no pulobulemu

  20. Khwekhwerere says:

    That is typical Malawi, there is no money to pay for the printing of passports whch also contributes alot to the gvt revenue., but there is eough money for APM to open the 1km Chipembere high way road and to lay a foundation stone for the 7km road frm Mugabe road to Thyolo road, shame to malawians

  21. KUKHALA says:

    THE APM GOVERNMENT ALWAYS WITH NEWS OF ITS FAILURES . MALAWIANS CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE COST OF THIS PASSPORT BOOK BUT WITH CASH GATE ATTITUDE WHAT DO WE EXPECT CASH GATE AS USUAL . APPLICANTS CONTRIBUTIONS AND OTHER ASSOCIATED FUNDS FOR THE PASSPORT ACTIVITIES.

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