By Shorai Murwira
The government has reviewed passport fees to USD$60 for ordinary passport and USD$200 for three-day passports.
The announcement was made this afternoon during the post cabinet briefing.
The ordinary passport used to cost USD 50 and the emergency three day passport used to cost USD$150 before the review.
Meanwhile, Zimbabweans have been struggling to access their travelling documents, bearing to long queues at the passport offices.
Recently, Two officials at the Registrar General (RG)’s office have appeared before the courts facing abuse of office charges after demanding bribes from a passport seeker.
The duo, Prisca Moyo and Nicholas Chogugudza appeared before regional magistrate Stanford Mambanje charged with bribery.
The court heard that on March 25, one Pretty Madekufamba who had applied for a passport last year went to Makombe Building for collection purposes.
Madekufamba was told she was not eligible to get one as she had no permit and was not employed outside the country.
She was also advised that the issuance of ordinary passports had been temporarily suspended by authorities.
last month, the ministry of Home affairs and Cultural Heritage released a disappointing statement to those who had applied passports that they were not collecting after a fake message circulated on social media that persons who applied for passports between 2019-February 2020, to collect their documents at Makombe Offices, from Monday, 15 March 2021.
The ministry said the message originated from a fake Facebook page under the name Makombe Passport Office Official and was signed off by a Joshua Taderera purporting to be a “Passport Official”.