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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Akim Banda Nthendiam
6 years ago

Its costly

Manzy bway
Manzy bway
6 years ago

Eish it’s too match plz help us

kingsley chatha
kingsley chatha
6 years ago

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.

MaiMai
MaiMai
6 years ago

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.

Ephraim matupa
6 years ago

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

mai nsato
mai nsato
6 years ago

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

Arthur
Arthur
6 years ago

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!”

manchester
manchester
6 years ago

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

Professor
6 years ago

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

mchewa
mchewa
6 years ago

alomwe alephera basi ntchito kukulitsa ma shaft ndi mivunguti

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