The state-controlled Sunday Mail reports that an average of 12 people are being served per day, with most of the passports being processed being those for emergency purposes and “for people seeking medical attention outside the country as well as those on diplomatic or national duty.”
In a major blow to people seeking to travel outside the country, it has been revealed that the Registrar’s Office in Harare is now processing a measly 12 passports per day.
A few weeks back Reuters reported that some applicants had been instructed to come back to check if their documents have been processed in 2022.
However, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Cain Mathema reassured the nation that the matter is being dealt with and implored the public not to panic.
Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Mathema said. The public should not panic (over the passport issue). There is a shortage of the specially imported paper, ink and other raw materials used for passport printing.
We are working on it. Yes, we have been facing some challenges, but I would want to assure passport applicants that we will overcome this challenge.
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