Govt misses passport deadline. This comes as the Registrar-General’s office is facing an unenviable task of clearing a backlog of 386 000 passports due to debilitating shortages of foreign currency and a hardening of stance towards the government by international suppliers.
The government will miss its audacious target of clearing the passport backlog by year-end after it emerged that a combination of delays in shipping material and foreign currency was standing in its way.
Registrar-General Clemence Masango, however, was optimistic that his department would have cleared the backlog by the end of the first quarter of 2020 — barring a degeneration of the current situation — which he said had improved from the August position where his office was only processing 60 passports a day against a target of 3 000 passports.
Normally, passport applications should be processed within three months, but since 2016 the Registrar-General’s office had been struggling to import essential supplies such as paper due to lack of foreign currency.
Zimbabwe is currently in the grip of a huge economic crisis — the worst in more than a decade — which has triggered shortages of power, foreign currency, water and critical medicines at State hospitals.
Source – Bulawayo24 news
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