The government is set to raise passport fees in a bid to raise enough forex to produce the much-needed passports DailyNews reports. This was revealed by the registrar general Clemence Masango who spoke to the media and said:
“The matter (of increasing fees) is now with Treasury. They have the final say on the adjustments after we have advised them.
“The process is underway…If there is a change in fees or anything to do with policy that will be properly communicated.”
The RG’s remarks are coming amidst a passport crisis that has seen the passport office having a backlog of over 300 000. However, Mr Masango said he is optimistic that, by March 2020 they will have cleared the passports backlog as they have increased production to 2 000 a day and can work 2 shifts and bump up their production to 4 000 per day.