Malawi govt ponders to hike passport fees -Minister

Minister of Home Affairs Jean Kalirani has not ruled out government hiking passport fees, saying the fall of the kwacha has negatively affected printing costs of the travel document.passport

Speaking in Blantyre on Monday after officially visiting Immigration offices, Kalirani said the government is holding talks with relevant parties to see how best to increase the passport fees.

“We have not come to a conclusive decision, we are still discussing. The depreciation of the kwacha has negatively affected the printing costs and operations of the department. The passport fees may indeed increase,” she said.

The issue of the increase surfaced on social media a few months ago when some people speculated the government wants to hike the fees by 40 percent, reports vehemently denied by Immigration officials.

Malawians on social media expressed concern that the government was  applying  such an increase when the economy was doing extremely bad.

Turning to the Immigration staff, Kalirani said she was concerned with reports of rampant corruption at the department despite government efforts to curb the vice.

Outgoing Chief Immigration Officer Masauko Medi said the department missed a set target of collection of revenue of K4.2 billion as it collected K3.8 billion.

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23 thoughts on “Malawi govt ponders to hike passport fees -Minister”

  1. king says:

    The government can raise prices of things at their own time, I wonder they talk nothing about salary increase in the civil services, what a shame! The gap between the rich and the power keeps widening, open your eyes Malawi, we are being led by thieves.

  2. anijo says:

    Ine olo mukweze ndege sindinakwerepo or kupia kunja kuli konse pa bus. It does not bother me. Malawi kuchuluka macrook.

  3. Stupid gvnt leaders says:

    If there’s another corruption department in Malawi is this so called Immigration Office! Officials are getting more money from ppo than the gvnt get! The more they increase the price the more they increase the bribe! A failure state indeed run by crooks! Idiots

  4. company 50 says:

    ife timapita ku jon opanda passport or mutakweza

  5. John says:

    kodi bomali ndilimene limangoona kukwera kwa zinthu kumbali yao osati kuma citizens???
    Mwachitapo chani kuti mumupange relief citizen?? Patse patse nkulanda? ngat mukuon KUTI ZINTHU ZADULA kwezani ma salary kaye.

  6. Nambewe says:

    Mukadzafunso kukweza mtonge wa passport Mai Kalilani mudzangokweza basi!

  7. Nambewe says:

    A ndebvu zamwayi ndikutsutseni! passport kuli konse kumene ndayenda ine amcharger! the admin costs and amintenance have to he got from somewhere!

    no chargani mai tilipila basi!

    Malawians have to learn ! it all costs money folks! nothing in the world ios free ! Wake up !

  8. Henry says:

    THIS IS SUCH A LOST COUNTRY..

    THE COUNTRY DOES NOT RECEIVE MUCH TORISTS AND EVEN WITH THAT FACT THEY ARE CHARGING BIG VISA FEES TO VISIT THIS COUNTRY WITH NOTHING TO OFFER THE DISCERNING TOURIST.. THE HOTELS ARE NOT FIT FOR DOGS… FOOD IS AWAFUL… THE PEOPLE ARE CROOKS!..

    NOW FOR THE 50th TIME THEY ARE RAISING THE FEE FOR A USELESS PASSPORT THAT MALAWIANS ONLY NEED TO GET OUT AND TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA TO ESCAPE THE EXTREME AND NEVER ENDING POVERTY THAT EXIST IN THE COUNTRY.. WHAT IS THEIR PLAN.. TO RAISE THE FEE SO HIGH THAT NO ONE CAN AFFORD IT AND MALAWIANS ARE FORCED TO STAY AND SUFFER??..

    IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE WORLD WILL SEE WHAT IS IN THE FUTURE OF THIS PLACE.. BLACK AFRICAN LEADERS ARE SELFISH THIEVES AND WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND CONSIDERING MALAWIANS ARE SUCH JEALOUS PEOPLE.. IT IS THEIR NORMAL,BEHAVIOR NEVER TO HELP EACH OTHER.. 50 years Of failures!

    A FAILED STATE!!

    1. Jokujoku says:

      @HENRY, I AGREE TO AGREE WITH U. YES THE KWATHU HAS INDEED DETERIORATED BUT WHY AMONGST ALL GOVT THINGS,CHOOSING THE CROSSING PASSBOARDER DOCUMENT?? FOR SURE ,THEY WANT US TO BE SUFFERING IN OUR OWN MW AND BECOME COMPLETE BEGGARS TO THEM! “THEM FEEL A GOOD WEN YA BEG THEM” SELFISH BUT THEM GO, SAY ” cashgate” 1 day acome wen all go heaven to be judged on wat ado on earth ya forget eeeeh

  9. wadabwa says:

    Tamangokwezani mukutisokosa apa ndimmene mumatifinyila mmenemo stupid failures

  10. Jaw colour says:

    End of dayz

  11. Moses says:

    or mutakweza ndi 100% ine nilibe polobulemu

  12. Nambewe says:

    we in Malawi need to learn that every service needs money. If we dont want to pay for our services then dont complain that they are substandard!

    If you want to travel pay for the passport and I wish the good minister could just increase the charge fool stop!

    Asakuopsezeni a Malwi Mai ndi anthu odolowera kupempha! sithe zimenezo! munth was moyo uyenera kumapanga budget! kuzolowera kupatsidwa basi! zithe zimenezo!

    work for your money and buy what mwttwers to you. If a passport costs money you pay that money! that is it!

  13. CP says:

    Civil servants too,their salaries have been affected by this kwacha vea4,increase our salaries,zisamakomele mbuzi kugunda galu-shaaaaaaa.

  14. JOHN says:

    kodi mukatelo ndiye kuti kwacha ikhala ndi mphamvu kapena mukuwonjedzera mabvuto akwacha kuti ipitilire kugwa ? kodiMUTHALIKA akupanga chani pankhaniyi,nanga aGONDWE mkulu wa za chuma akutinji ndikwabwinotu kuti onsewa atule pansi maudindowa dziko lakulakani maka -maka amphawi imfe ndiye mayokoto bola kale.

  15. Ramsy says:

    Umenewo ndi mpingo wa Abraz

  16. ndebvuzamwayi says:

    This is madness. Passport every where in the World are not treated as source of revenue for government. It is here where this is the case. Passport is an identity for citizenship not where govt. can rip its people.

  17. John Mwalungila says:

    Shaa,tilimumabvuto.

  18. Nambewe says:

    Yes increase the fee now! we are the only country with lop sided logice- we say because we are poor we must not charge for passports! Rubbish! because we are poor we need to raise the funding for the passports! we thne use this revenue to develop other aspects of the system! GO AHERAD MINISTER! increase the fees,we are ready!

  19. Chambe says:

    When prices rise for food, medicine, electricity, water and some other critical human basic needs then it becomes very concerning. Passports? Not an issue provided they are available.
    If you travel to foreign countries frequently, you might have noted how prices for air and bus tickets frequently increase. If you can afford the tickets, the an increase to the price of the passport should not be an issue.

  20. Diko says:

    How could you collect 4.2 Bn when passport books are not available. It beats me that fees are high but you are not able to pay your suppliers. Did the fees go towards buying maize?

    These fees are being paid by Malawians who pay other taxes. Therefore, the passports should be subsdized.

  21. Angoni says:

    Let the honourable Minister be informed that the Malawi Kwacha has now started appreciating, so the hike has no good justification. If she may go back to the drawing table, and try to do the math right.

  22. Greed says:

    Kodi inunso a boma olamula depreciation of kwacha imakukhudzaninso? ndimayesa ndiife tokhatu, nde mumapangapo chani for it to appreciate?

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