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Mudede suspends issuance of emergency passports

By Nqobile Tshili

The Registrar-General’s Office has temporarily suspended issuing emergency passports to clear a backlog of over 2 000 passports.

President Mugabe is taken through passport production stages by the Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and his the Head of Information Technology Mr Henry Machiri (right) while Vice Presidents Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa and Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo look on after the official opening of the National Passport Production Centre in Harare
President Mugabe is taken through passport production stages by the Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede and his the Head of Information Technology Mr Henry Machiri (right) while Vice Presidents Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa and Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo look on after the official opening of the National Passport Production Centre in Harare.

Members of the public who are seeking the emergency travelling documents are forced to apply for the ‘normal’ passport, which costs $53 and is now being released after about two months as a result of the backlog. Normally, the passport is released within three weeks of application.

An emergency passport, which takes 24 hours to be released costs $318, while the one released in three days costs $253. In an interview yesterday, Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said his office was trying to clear the passport backlog, hence the need to temporarily reject new applications for emergency passports.

“We have a backlog of nearly 2 000 passports and that’s a lot,” he said. “We have not suspended issuing passports, there is a backlog that we are trying to clear. This thing is temporary. We don’t force situations.

“If you want to use the word we have ‘slowed down’ in accepting applications, that’s the right language to use. We will start accepting applications for emergency passports once we clear the backlog.”

Mr Mudede said it will not make sense for his office to continue accepting new applicants for emergency passports when his officers were battling to clear the backlog. He said his office did not want to find itself being persecuted publicly for failing to deliver, hence the need to slow down in taking people’s money.

“We must deal with the backlog and finish before we open again for new applications,” said Mr Mudede. “To accept new applications and just park them is not the right thing to do. You wouldn’t like that, you will say ‘no no why have you accepted my money when you cannot deliver’,” he said.

Many people who applied for normal passports, some as far back as May this year, are yet to receive them and this has been blamed on the reduced numbers being processed by the RG’s office. The applicants said they were in the dark as to what had caused the delays given that in the past it was just a three-weeks wait for a normal passport. The Chronicle

  • ko isu tinenge tanziwo tiende kuNY?

  • Grace Mutsengi

  • Madness,blow to Zimbos in SA who start permits renewal today.

  • Mike Samushonga

  • Mike Samushonga

  • Mike Samushonga

  • Archbold Thabani Ndlovu

  • But the machine has capacity to print 16000 books per day, what is the real problem?

    • Moto

      Word has it that his department has been hit by the Forex crisis – needed for the paper

      • Moto

        But there’s money for the multi million US dollar, 70 person, holiday trip to the UN, later this month….

  • This old man runs the office like his private business. He must be retired. He is over 65 just like all other tired old horses

  • Aleck Nyamazana

  • good more time for diasporians to come home and register to vote

  • Our country has been ruined by one particular idiot and I don’t know how he has managed to do that for the past 36yrs and my people are accepting it we have never seen change in Zimbabwe always him

  • Once it was only two weeks to replace or get a new passport,now this long after procuring a hitec passport printing machine….

  • Bright Ndaba Sinyonde

  • Huori huye hwatanga futi kwamudede that doesn’t mean havazi kutambira mari but you pump out more kuti uiwane emergency passport

  • nx! wht is tht old man still doing in the registry? all he dooes z to confuse things!

  • Is this still an emergency if you hold a 2000passports backlog…

  • Ko ye three months ikuitwa sei wedu wee

  • I saw it coming kuda kusungira isu varijoni zvinhu

  • Sam Gapika huya unzwe

  • Why ?????

  • there is an opportunity for job creation. why not hire more labour and open more satelite sites for this that is if they have the country at heart

  • 2000 chete ndiyo iri kunetsa. musatisetse

  • Do they use paper and scissors to make the passports? Or everything is automated? You received machines from SA, automation should produce 30 000+ in 24hrs. Aya amadhiri ekuvharira vanhu manje….

  • Ingori mberi shure mberi shure mberi shure haaaaa we’ve been here before

  • What of emergency cases,,??

  • Shelton Farie

  • Why can’t they just say its now six months to have a passport after submitting forms once,instead of going circles

  • OMG OMG God forbid im finished

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  • Saharawifoxx

    Vakuru vanotapirirwa nekutonga ivava. Kamwe ka dictator