Cross border traders have been negatively affected by the government’s failure to issue passports on time especially the $53 one.
The registrar general’s office has reportedly halted the issuing of emergency passports unless the case requires urgency.
A cross-border trader identified as Majanyuke, who to spoke to the Daily News had this to say:
When your business is standing still and your children need to eat and go to school, you go through desperate measures.
The decision to stop issuing emergency passports or limiting them to few emergency cases is a deep cut to us cross-borders considering that the $53 passports are taking ages to be processed.
Another cross-border trader told the Daily News that failure to access passports exposes women to dangers such as human trafficking. She said:
Due to failure in obtaining passports some women eventually attempt to cross the border illegally and pay bribes on the way, an option that is dangerous and open to abuse.
Traffickers use dangerous routes that might endanger the lives of the women exposing them to robberies and crossing dangerous or flooded rivers.
The passport office now has a backlog of nearly 200 000 applications while it is able to issue only 500 emergency passport a day.
More: Daily News
Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge
If anything goes wrong, click here to enter your query.
Chitungwiza is a dormitory town found some 30 km, from Harare. The town is known for producing some of the finest musicians such as Alick Macheso and Mechanic Manyeruke. The latest popuation survey(2012) revealed that the city has In 2013 it made international headlines after... Read More About Chitungwiza
Murewa is a Town located in Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe. Murewa is divided into Murewa North and Murewa South constituencies. Read More About Murehwa