Immigration runs out of passports as polls near


Mr Jacob Siminyu displays a forged passport at Internal Affairs office in Kampala.


The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control says the stock of Ugandan ordinary passports is getting low and as a result, their issuance may not be at the same scale between now and mid-February 2016.

The deficit is attributed to overwhelming number of applications in the last three months which shot from “usual” average of 300 to 700 applicants daily.

The directorate says this explains the “unusual long queues seen at the passport office in the recent past”.

Immigration department’s public relations officer, Jacob Siminyu, says they can only afford to provide passports for Ugandans who have journeys and need to travel.

“The demand for passports has overwhelmed us, growing from 300 application per day to 700,” he said.

Siminyu said the increase in passport demand was partly due to Ugandans traveling to Saudi Arabia for work.

“Passport shortage has nothing to do with the current political season,” he clarified.

“We have passports to run us between now and mid-February but only for those with journeys during that time.”


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