THE government has extended the issuance of passports for
Zambians in the Diaspora from August, 31 2009 to December, 31, 2009.
affairs minister Lameck Mangani announced in a statement yesterday that the
ministry had taken note of the challenges in the issuance of the passports
particularly among Zambians in the diaspora.
Mangani stated that this
problem had also been brought to the attention of President Rupiah Banda in the
course of his international duties.
He stated that the main problem had
been the long process from the time an application was filled in at the Zambian
mission abroad to the time it actually reached passport office.
the long process, however, most forms are submitted with major errors making it
virtually impossible for passport office to issue passports accordingly. In view
of this, government has decided to further extend the issuance of these new
passports from August 31, 2009 to December, 31, 2009. Thereafter, the usage of
the old passport will not be acceptable," he stated "Further, my ministry in
conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has found it necessary for
passport officers to undertake clinics in the most affected countries so that
the issue is addressed expeditiously. The missions to be considered include
London, Washington, New York, Moscow, Beijing, Pretoria, Gaborone, Harare and
Maputo. All old applicants whose forms have not been received by passport office
and new applicants would be required to make submissions accordingly so that
there are no errors and the applications would then be
Mangani stated that it was in his considered view that once
officers were sent for this assignment, many Zambians abroad would be given
chance in the renewal of their passports.
Meanwhile, Mangani stated that
the passport office had so far issued a total of 110,000 new
He stated that the original target figure was 450,000 old
passports to be replaced but because of several new applications, the new target
figure was one million passport holders.
"Although with inadequate staff,
our office produces between 800 to 1,000 passports per day. We shall do
everything possible to smoothen the operations of the passports offices," stated