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Immigration embarks on clearing passport production backlogs

The Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control has embarked on clearing the passport production backlog cases.

Early this year, the directorate experienced a mechanical breakdown that resulted in the delay in printing passports hence causing a backlog within the system.

Simon Peter Mundeyi, the Immigration spokesperson said on Tuesday that the directorate has now embarked on clearing the backlog following the resuming full production.

This was during the weekly press conference held at the Naguru-based police headquarters on Monday.

Mundeyi also trashed media claim by the self-exiled NUP apologist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija alleging that the directorate had denied his three children access to receive their passports.

He considered the allegation wild, and a deliberate attempt to blackmail the Internal Affairs Ministry.

“Kakwenza’s children, like all other Ugandans, applied for passports in March, 2022 but at that time, Immigration was grappling with challenges in its system, causing major delays,” Mundeyi said.

He further explained that they were conducting a system upgrade that prompted them to cut down production of passports by 60 percent.

“We have just resumed full production some three weeks ago, and right now we are clearing the backlog,” Mundeyi said.

He clarified that Kakwenza’s children are currently free to pick up their passports because they are now ready at Kyambogo.

“The children’s passports are now ready for pick up in Kyambogo but they will be handed over to their mother.”


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