Mwanamvekha pushing for cost of Malawi passport to increase

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development and Development Joseph Mwanamvekha is reportedly  pushing the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services to increase the price of a Malawi  passport to around K72 000.

Malawi passport fees rise imminent

It it clear intention for Mwanamvekha to raise more money for government and at any cost.

The fees are currently at K48 000 for normal processing which takes 21 days; K58 500 for express processing which takes five days and K68  500 on the fast-track service takes 24 hours.

Director General of the Immigration, Masauko Medi said Treasury will no longer be subsidising the document and confirmed the cost hike is imminent.

But with the costs of living hitting most citizens, some people interviewed by Nyasa Times suggested that the price changes should subject to parliamentary approval.

Medi justified the higher passport charges, saying they reflected the “increased costs of production”.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi has asked the Department of Immigration to make sure Malawi passports are not given to “dubious crooks, terrorist or people that are not supposed to have the document.”

Dausi said this when he toured the Immigration Department headquarters in Blantyre on Thursday.

The minister also called on the Immigration Department to only grant permits to investors  and not mere traders, whom he said end up taking up jobs meant for Malawians.

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Graham Zali
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Graham Zali

One person to make a decision for all of us? Malawi mnanena kale ine how to deal with these politicians. Atofuna azipita okha kunja. Ubwino wake kwa Mulungu sikufunika passport.

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Heartless polititians of Malawi. Always making decisions that hurt citizens. No regard of the struggles Malawians are going through. A passport is one document that a good government should subsidize to make it affordable for citizens. Few years ago all Malawians had to change their passports to E passport and prices were hiked at that time. Now you want to hike prices again.The immigration department is becoming a cash cow for the government .

Observer
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Observer

Honestly, this is a bad move this is not the time to continue degrading yourselves. You are already on low profile!!

mpilu
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mpilu

usatinyasepo kazingokwera ana a makaladi a mu cigumulamu. you think we dont know. stupid nacithumwa.

Mangochi Kabwafu
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Mangochi Kabwafu

DPP woyeeeeee

Max campre
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mwanamveka we r educated as well but no jobs, now u want mw pspt price to incerase on the poor malawians,?If u r a God fearing person then i doubt ur personality

Peter
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Peter

If it move for you and Dpp that will not work and keep this in your head! We are tired of you for making some stupid tricky more. And the one thing l should remind you very soon you will be out of power. Mark my words.

GHOST
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GHOST

Amalawi ndokwiya kale kufuna kuwamba dala uku

che nnungu
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Izizi nde zongofuna kuyambana ndi A Malawi. Ma Demo sanakukwaneni eti?

Mbwiyachi
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Mbwiyachi

Stupid mwanamveka why can’t you take your own salary for government use fusek. Why still stealing from poor people