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.
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.