Immigration Department satisfied with indoor photographic services

The Department of Immigration has expressed satisfaction over its indoor photographic services saying since its inception, no case has been reported of passport applicants being duped by unscrupulous people.

Passport seekers at Immigration Department in Blantyre

The department introduced the new system in November last year to minimize theft cases and also ensure that only eligible Malawians acquire the passports.

In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Thursday, the Department of Immigration National Public Relations Officer Joseph Chauwa confirmed the development saying the change has helped in ensuring that the department efficiently and effectively executes its endeviours.

“Previously, we used to have cases of theft where some fake photographers could pretend to be an immigration officer and steal money from passport applicants. At times, these middlemen could even aid foreigners to acquire Malawian passports and they could even coach passport applicants with wrong information especially when filling passport application forms,” he said.

A visit by MANA to Immigration Headquarters offices in Blantyre established that some photographers still conduct their businesses near the department office in a clandestine manner.

However, Chauwa indicated that strict measures are still being instituted to ensure that no photographic business is taking place within or near their jurisdiction.

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ruth malikebu
ruth malikebu
7 years ago

Nabetha,these immigration staff are purely thevies,I encountered the same scenario one of the stuff asked me to send 300USD in order to process a new passport for my daughter,after sending the money nothing was done for close to 2months and the officer was just telling stories,i later asked a relative to crosscheck at Immigration and it was discovered that the guy only sent MK50,000 and staff at immigration in Blantyre were not interested to touch and handle the passport, i later decided to pay extra 30,000 to be distributed to the staff and the passport was produced same day and… Read more »

7 years ago

Funso ndi ili. Kodi are these services free or is the K1000 being charged going into Immigration Revenue? Problem is that akumangokutenga, kukujambula then tell you later kuti it will cost you K1000. How about putting up this fee among the schedule of fees for passports so that it is transparent and clear to all?

7 years ago
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I’m a Malawian living in South Africa. I applied for a replacement passport last year in March through the Malawi Consulate office, unfortunately, until today the new passport has not been issued. I made countless phone calls to the Malawi Consulate office and it was so sad that the Immigration Officer there, Mr. Makumba kept on telling me lies that the passport has been issued but awaiting to be dispatched. He told me the same lie from June until the last week of December, 2016. It was so disturbing. I even failed to go home during the festive season to… Read more »

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