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Uganda: Members of Parliament (MPs) summon minister to explain passport delays

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  The Vice President Thomas Teyebwa has instructed the Home Secretary to explain the continuing delays in processing the new ePassports Minister you must make a statement tomorrow Wednesday You should also explain the reason behind paying for passport renewal Tayebwa said He gave the directive after a matter of national importance raised by the East Nakawa Division MP the Hon Ronald Balimwezo during the plenary session on Tuesday September 20 2022 Balimwezo said that since the introduction of ePassports applicants are subject to waiting periods of more than three months before their travel documents are issued An ordinary passport costs 250 000 Shh and its production should take about two weeks while an express passport costs 400 000 Shh with a production period of three to five days but to date people are suffering Balimwezo said He wants the Home Office to explain why there is little production of passports and why express passport applicants have to wait more than three months to receive the travel document Hon Medard Sseggona NUP Busiro County East also demanded that the minister explain why Ugandans whose old passports were still valid should pay for new ePassports The passport is a guarantee of the right to movement that is enshrined in the constitution So that freedom is curtailed when you tell a Ugandan that he had a valid passport that we have decided to change the design of our passport and you have to pay again he said The government launched the Ugandan East African e Passport in 2018 phasing out machine readable Ugandan passports Subsequently Ugandans were given until April 2022 as the deadline to acquire the new electronic passports
Uganda: Members of Parliament (MPs) summon minister to explain passport delays

1 The Vice President, Thomas Teyebwa, has instructed the Home Secretary to explain the continuing delays in processing the new ePassports.

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2 “Minister, you must make a statement tomorrow [Wednesday].

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3 You should also explain the reason behind paying for passport renewal,” Tayebwa said.

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4 He gave the directive after a matter of national importance raised by the East Nakawa Division MP, the Hon. Ronald Balimwezo, during the plenary session on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

5 Balimwezo said that since the introduction of ePassports, applicants are subject to waiting periods of more than three months before their travel documents are issued.

6 “An ordinary passport costs 250,000 Shh and its production should take about two weeks, while an express passport costs 400,000 Shh with a production period of three to five days, but to date, people are suffering,” Balimwezo said.

7 He wants the Home Office to explain why there is little production of passports and why express passport applicants have to wait more than three months to receive the travel document.

8 Hon. Medard Sseggona (NUP, Busiro County East) also demanded that the minister explain why Ugandans whose old passports were still valid should pay for new ePassports.

9 “The passport is a guarantee of the right to movement that is enshrined in the constitution.

10 So that freedom is curtailed when you tell a Ugandan that he had a valid passport that we have decided to change the design of our passport and you have to pay again,” he said.

11 The government launched the Ugandan East African e-Passport in 2018, phasing out machine-readable Ugandan passports.

12 Subsequently, Ugandans were given until April 2022 as the deadline to acquire the new electronic passports.

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