Malawi Immigration Dept  denies passport fee hike claims

Scores of Malawians on Tuesdays stormed regional offices of the Immigration Department where they pushed, pressed and  jostled each for passport applications following claims that government has hiked the fees for the travelling document effective October 1.

Claims were rifle, mainly on social media that government has hiked fees for the normal or 30-day processed passport from K15,100  to K40,000, 5-day passport from K25,000 to K60,000 and 2-day processed or express passport from K35,100 to K80,000.

This resulted in huge turn- out and long queues at the department’s offices in Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu as applicants wanted to avoid the new fees by having their application forms processed at the offices by close of business Tuesday, September 30.

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

While describing the claims as “untrue”, spokesperson for the Department Martha Gonondo admitted that they experienced “unusual and overwhelming turn out” following those “unfounded claims”.

Gonondo claimed that government can never adjust the fees without making official announcement to the general public.

“It’s not true. There is no grain of truth in those claims. Government has not told us anything, as such the department cannot adjust the fees on its own,” said Gonondo.

Gonondo further urged Malawians not to get bothered with those claims, which she said, could have been ignited by government’s detractors.

“If anything, government will make formal announcement when it decides to hike fees,” she added.

She then said people should not get confused with revised fees for road traffic services and road traffic offences.

It is the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety services (DRTSS) that will effect new fees from October 1.

“I’m pretty aware that government revised the fees at the Road Traffic. May be people are thinking along those lines that government also revised the fees for passport.

“But as earlier stated, fees for passport have not been hiked,” she said.

Government announced early September that it had adjusted the fees for Road Traffic Services and Offences in line with the Government Notice No. 30, Road Traffic Act (Cap. 69:01)-Road Traffic (Miscellaneous Fees) (Amendment) Regulation, 2014 and Government Notice No. 31 Road Traffic Act (Cap. 69:01) Road Traffic (Prescribed Offences and Penalties) (Amendment) Regulations, 2014, respectively.

“This is to serve as a notice to the general public and our clients that effective 1st October, 2014, new and adjusted fees for services and fines for prescribed offences will be in effect,” said James Chirwa, Director of Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services.

He said the summary of prescribed fees and offences would be published in due course and that the schedule will also be available at all DRTSS offices in Mzuzu, Blantyre, Lilongwe and Zomba, and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works offices in Lilongwe.

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36 thoughts on “Malawi Immigration Dept  denies passport fee hike claims”

  1. Manzy bway says:

    Eish it’s too match plz help us

  2. kingsley chatha says:

    AKHAKHAKHA INU NDINU ANTHU OPANDA CHILUNGAMO,KODI NTHAWI YAKAMPENI IJA BWANJI SUNANENE KUTI UDZAKWEZA ZINTHU ZONSEZI.UKUGANIZA KUTI ANTHU NDALAMA YOSEYI AYITENGA KUTI ? POOR MALAWIANS NDIAMENE AKUTHANDIZA BOMA INSTED OF BOMA TO HELP POOR PIPO.KADYAALIYESE WIL ALSO FIND U.

  3. MaiMai says:

    WE WILL WAIT AND SEE SINCE DPP IS GOOD AT LYING EVEN THEIR LEADER TODAY HE SAYS ONE THING AND TOMORROW OPPOSITE SO MWATI MITENGO YA PASSPORT SINAKWERE? RIGHT? OK TIONANA NDIPO WE ARE FOLLOWING THIS CLOSELY.

  4. Mavotavota ndizimenezi tsopano chitukuko mwayamba kuchiona kumeneko koma musadandaule tikudziwa akufuna atipatsesosamba Ifendi AMANGOCHI muyikaso manda izi munavotelazi matalazimu tikandasungabe.

  5. mai nsato says:

    You see it is mtumbuka James Chirwa from the north who is hiking road traffic fees in an effort kuyipitsa boma la DPP

  6. Arthur says:

    Utsiru wake umenewu tatopa nzopusa mdziko muno….. Nkhaniyi ndiyowona you are busy hiking such a huge amount do you think people can’t manage? You are busy calling people while the country is failing to raise up its Kwacha? Atsogoleri opusa Inu. Kodi si aja munkati muli ndinzeru? Tatopa nzautsiru zanuzitu Ife. Utsiru umenewu watikwana “Malawian leaders be ware….Yahwe is about to take you away!”

  7. manchester says:

    God told Samuel athu awa afuna kuzisakhira mfumu yawo akana ine.A Malawi pemphani Yehova akupatsen Mfumu poti iye amama m’mtima,

  8. Professor says:

    Kwezani. Akuopa ndani? Tizakwanitsabe. No smoke without fire.

  9. mchewa says:

    alomwe alephera basi ntchito kukulitsa ma shaft ndi mivunguti

  10. Chalaka Bakha nkhuku singatole says:

    Atumbuka kunama! chimene mumatchukisira nkhani za bodza ndichani?

  11. Ine ndie ndalephela basi cause i cant manage huge sum of money like that.chonde atsogoleri athu chitaniponi kathu.

  12. Mabasa says:

    The general public should obviously expect to fork out more to access government services with the zero-aid budget the government unveiled.Beware of tough times ahead!

  13. Elvis Alick says:

    Many pple were born in Malawi by accident…this is a null and void country

    That’s all about Malawi, the country needs its pple while it can’t manage to employ them…so is this the solution of interrupting poor pple from going abroad????
    Don’t ever think of that little shit…even if you hike the prices pple will have there own means of getting the passports.
    The country is poor but still hiking prices…why not going around and berg money in other countries streets…
    Zimenezi zichepe..

  14. osmannjewa says:

    kukweza sikolakwika but its much if it is true

  15. moosa says:

    Kufuna kwanu kuchitike basi. Iyi ndi nthawi yanu

  16. Jowel says:

    CHIMTENGO PHWII KOMASO KUVUTIKA KUTI UTENGE PASSPORT SHAME ON MALAWI GOVERNMENT,,,,FROM K15000 TO K40000

  17. mwaonjeza katangake too much mabwana.chonde musadyere masuku pamitu pa osauka plz kumwamba kuli motooo.

  18. Austin Mustapher says:

    Kodi anthu inu kwenikweni chimene mmafuna ndikubela anthu basi,tibwerakotu kumeneko,bola osadandaula tikamazatchola mashop ndizina zotelo.sindingalore ku sitaka kusowa yolipilira pomwe inu mulinao.

  19. Ayi zopusa zokhazokha,Boma la DPP ndi mbamva zotherathu.Anthu azitenga kuti ndalama zonsenzo,zoti alipilile Driving raises komanso passport?

    Ayi zinazi ndikudyelela pamutu wa anthu osauka,chonde mbamva inu nganizilani osauka.ngati zili choncho umbamva ndiu mbanda siuzatha mu dziko lamalawi.

    Komaso kulimbikisani kuchepesa ziphuphu ku Emigration ndi ku polic trafic departiment,kuti anthu osauka nawo ziziwayendela.osati kumakhala ndimaganizo ongokweza zinthu,pamene Boma likukukanikani kuyendesa.

  20. James Sahel says:

    This is the fact now, b’coz our thoughts, hands & legs were tightened; so the further notice, we gonna here from u (officials of Immigration Department).

  21. ROCKFORD says:

    Martha Gonondo, what r u hiding? Soon it wil b true. Tel the nation the truth. Whom r u protecting?

  22. Joseph Jana says:

    Ziphuphu Too Much Ku Emigration

  23. Kuntopola says:

    shame if its true. a sign of failure to the govt.

  24. Zachisoni says:

    Ulamuliro wa nkhanza.

  25. Chimwemwe kamwana says:

    NDIZOMWE TIMAFUNA.. TISAYAMBE KULILA AII…

  26. ibrahim makwati says:

    TANGOGANIZANI munthuosauka phindulake ndichani pabomali CHIFUKWA anthu olemela palibevuto pamenepo kwaio zaoziziyenda mosavuta kwaifeosauka kuti tipeze pasport driving licence ndimavuto kwambili kodi ambuuye tinalakwanji nzikolokhala lathu kumavutika NANGANDALAMA TIZITENGAKUTI

    1. Townman says:

      osakalowanso mkalasi bwanji, kulemba kumeneku?

  27. Zino says:

    Tikuwonelani ngati simukweza

  28. Cchibalaka says:

    Ameneyu nde kanundu mukamathetsa maubale mudzitibera chomchi? Anthu openga mwapanga bwanji? Malawi a moto maina enawa tidziganizira potsura mapeto ake ndizimenezi kaya yesu ndiye akubwera …

  29. mona says:

    Mmalo moti mumange a cashgate abweze Nda lama zathu mulimbana ndi anthu osalakwa kutikwezera na driving licence kodi inu zitsiru mbava za dpp tinakulakwilani Chani tikufuna maina a dpp 92 billion cashgate and 12 billion ya pp otherwise mutimva madzi timatcha ndithu musamatitenge ngati ife zitsiru zanu anthu oipa inu

  30. njegame syaosimo says:

    To me such news cannot be a surpeise. it is the tendency od badwell gondwe to do all they can do to raise money for their so call ZAB. remember how we were made to chage passports even though some had 8 years to expire. how about vehicle number plates with expiry dates, civil servants pesions! ndi omwewatu anthu ake. there is no smoke without fire and not al rumours are false. Iwe gwananda you are talking of government detractors bwanji osangotsutsa nkuthera pomwepo. Even the devil has followers!

  31. patrick says:

    Malawi will never change

    1. Namu! says:

      Especially with this government. Pano si awa akuti akufuna kumanga nyumba za anthu ovutika. Zasiyana pati ndi JB amamangira anthu ovutika uja nanga. Amalawi vuto lathu ndilosachilitsika I guess.

  32. Yobe boo says:

    Ndiye tisaone kuti mawa mukukweza. Koma inu za chamba kwabasi Boma limeneli, komaso kusaganizira anthu. Zoona ndiumphawi wonsewu anthu ndalama yikuchita kusowa ngati chani, kumakakweza zinthu?

    Dziko limeneli likukhala ngati linatembereredwa, OLEMERA azalemerabe, ndipo OSAUKA kumasaukabe, with a very big gap between Rich and Poor.

    SHAME DDDDPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..

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