The government has spoken on the possibility of not renewing expired passports with blank pages as the Home Affairs Minister put it across, they don’t need them if they don’t use them.
The govt also ruled out extending the passport expiration deadline and also extending expired passports with blank pages as the government battle a backlog of over 370k+ passports.
This was revealed by Cain Mathema who spoke to Sunday News and said:
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People who do not use their passports until they have expired are simply showing us that they do not need the passports. You cannot apply for a passport and not use it for years and it expires and you expect my office to grant you the permission to use an expired passport because it still has a lot of blank pages, it does not work. If a passport has expired that’s it, it does not matter how many blank pages it has, it will not work and that is the rule in countries all over the world. We cannot change the international laws because we have a challenge in Zimbabwe of passports.
Obtaining a passport has become an uphill task as the Registrar General’s office battle forex shortages which has led to a huge backlog of over 370 000 passports.
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