Govt attributes passport crisis on Russia-Ukraine conflict

Man Jose Kayima

The Ministry of Internal affairs has put the passport crisis on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Simon Peter Mundeyi, the spokesperson of Internal affairs ministry says due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict they face a challenge of importing materials for making passport booklets

Ukraine-Russia conflict changed the world including Uganda, the company we contracted to be supplying passport booklets was getting materials from Russia. Importation of the printing materials to do passport covers cannot proceed.”

“Uganda is not the only country experiencing such a challenge but also Canada, United Kingdom, Kenya and other countries. In Kenya applicants are taking three months to get their passport.” Mundeyi as quoted by Daily Monitor

He added,

“We are giving passports to priorities, people with emergencies, travels, jobs abroad and people with studies, but we have received good information from the contractors that they have found a way of getting passport materials and they will resume to full capacity in four, five weeks’ time.” He stated

The ministry dropped the number of passport booklets processed per day, from about 2,000 to 1,500 or less attributing the problem to the Ukraine-Russia war.

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