Immigration suspends printing of Malawi Passport

Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Malawi has suspended issuance of passport due to the fact that the office does not have passport books as its printing is affected with lack of resources, Nyasa Times understands.

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

Passport seekers who have been queuing at the Immigration offices in Blantyre and Lilongwe have been frustrated as they are not being helped due to the non issuance of the booklets.

“We have suspended the whole printing process of passports,” a source at the Immigration told Nyasa Times.

The source said the department will be able to issue travelling documents for those who are cortically ill and have to make a foreign trip for medical treatment.

When Malawi Government hiked the passport fees increase by 320 percent, Malawians thought problems which have been locking the department will now be water under the bridge.

Government increased  the ordinary passport fees from K15,100 to K48,500 while the express passport were hiked from K25,100 to K58,500 which lasts only 5 days.

The department hiked emergency passport from K35, 100 to K85, 500.

But when contacted for comment Immigration Public Relations officer Martha Gonondo confirmed about the hitches but rebutted that assertion that the department has suspended the printing.

“We have not suspended as you are putting it but we are just printing ‘on a need basis’. W e are hoping to rectify the problem by next week, “said Gonondo.

Centre for the Development of people executive director Gift Trapence on Monday urged immigration office to ensure that the right of Malawians to own passport should be upheld all the time.

President Peter Mutharika, in pursuit of the public service reform process, ordered the Immigration Department to decentralise printing of Passports to regional offices, meaning passports have to be printed in Blantyre, Mzuzu and Lilongwe.

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Elliot Matiki
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There Z no nid 4 u 2 increase pasport cz their ppo they r struggleling

Mark chikweni
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Kwerani za Mangochi opanda chiphaso mukafika ku Rsa.

chrisstopher shangire
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chrisstopher shangire

You charge too much custom when when we are coming back to our buetiful land

son
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Mfwethu izi sozoona ukapita ku rsa lero ukapeza amalawi ambiri.pali maboma awiri mzimba ndi mangochi.ukafika ukhoza kuva chisoni ena satha kulemba or kuwelenga munthu ngati sanapite ku sch angakagwire ntchito yanji kwaweni.munthu kungo vota lero mawa ali bus,kungokwatila lero mkazi akumusia ndi makolo eye wa ku joni,podzabwela after 5yrs.pepani sindikunyoza abale aku mzimba kapena mangochi koma chilungamo chake ndichimechi.tiyeni tichepetse kubeleka boma silikwanitsa anthu tachuluka ndichifukwa chake tikuthawa mdziko lathu chifukwa chamavuto.

mpamba
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sorrial

Mfwethu
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There are so many people who got passports but have never even travelled. And then there is this expiry issue, you find other passports expiring with so many unused pages…

son
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Amalawi tamavetsani chilichose kunyoza,ukapita ku immigration aliyese ukamufusa kuti mukufuna passp mukupita kuti uyu akuti rsa.kodi ndi choncho.akakuwuzaniso kuti rsa sakufuna obwela munyozaso.ndichifukwa chake akukuwuzani kuti kulibe ma passp.ingoganizani bwino

Patriot
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And ya amwenye is K500,000/person, koma alibe stationary.
Amangodya ndalamazo eti?
ACB ifufuze zoputsazi.
Malawi ilidi mmanja mwa agalu

Mberube
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Kwangu NO 37 CHANGE IN Management meaning abweretse another homwe? We dont want… Last time that Lhomwe was here all he was doing was enriching himself. Tiulure za GUN-GATE? UNIFORM-GATE? PASSPORT PRINTING-GATE? File ilipo… Mankhwala was just a good person osamumangisa …

James Phiri
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Last year Immigration took more than 3 billion Kwacha in revenue but now has no money to print passports. This is mis-managament. Anyone getting fired anytime soon – no didn’t think so. Seems like the president’s passport to travel is unaffected by this lack of passports. By the way Mr President any chance of you declaring your assets anytime soon. We’d like to know what you had before you became President and how much you have 1 year after becoming President. The increase in your assets should be equal to your annual salary plus 1 wife.

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