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Now, Uganda introduces new criteria for passport issuance

Uganda introduces new criteria for passport issuance

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Uganda has introduced a new criteria for the issuance of passports to address the temporary shortage of ordinary machine readable passports.

Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Abubaker J Odongo has attributed the shortage to low stock levels of ordinary passports that the ministry is experiencing as a result of unprecedented increase in demand especially from people those employment abroad.

“The ministry is overwhelmed by the number of people seeking employment abroad from 450 to 700 as daily passport applications almost double the daily average demand,”

In a statement to parliament on Wednesday, Gen. J Odongo explained measures put in place due to the temporary shortage of ordinary machine readable passports pass ports by the ministry.

“Under the new criteria, passports will be issued to people with proven medical cases, certified applicants proceeding on government business , students on scholarships and any other case of emergency nature that deserve in the circumstance,” Gen.Odongo said.

He also informed parliament of Uganda’s failure to adhere to the April 3, regional requirement of phasing out the current machine readable passports by introducing electronic passports with a new design and additional security.

A year ago, the six East African Community (EAC) member states committed phase out their traditional passports by December 2018.  He noted that it would take at least a month before the rest of Ugandans outside the selected categories of people receive passports.

However, Odongo stated that member states had agreed to extend the deadline to December 2017.

Citizens with traditional but valid passports would have to surrender the old ones to get the e–passports.

“The process of procuring a provider for the e-passport involves many stakeholders and is still ongoing,”

Mps condemn government on passports

Meanwhile a section of Members of Parliament (MPs) have condemned government for failure to put in place clear a clear policy and guidelines on the issuance of passports.

Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba (Masaka municipality) said government has failed to check out corruption at the passport control officers in the ministry of internal affairs hence diplomatic passports falling into the hands of wrong elements among other problems.

“There are many undeserving individuals with diplomatic passports yet people who are entitled to them don’t have. The minister of internal affairs must deal with this matter,” Mr Mpuuga said.

JohnBaptist Nambeshe (Manjiya) said that on many occasions, Uganda’s diplomatic passports have been found in possession of drug traffickers.

“The minister should put his house in order because I know of rich witchdoctors and pastors who have diplomatic passports. Some traditional leaders also have diplomatic passports while Mps hold official passports yet they are higher in rank. This is irregular,” Mr Nambeshe said.

5 comments

  1. Thanks Jeje . You Want To Tell Us Or The Country That Only People Who Are In Scholership Are Those Who Have Vission For Uganda? Passport Shhoul Be Any Thing That Any One Who Want To Go Outside The Country Can Pross And Get.

  2. These are true signs of a failed and dead nation.

  3. When z de new batch of passport booklets arrive?

  4. So that’s it natng to do we just HV to wait being that we are not valued in our own country.BT tell us when are the passports gng to be re issued to us all

  5. Hihihi uganda zaabu,kale nowulila agaboozi nga gano

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