Following the termination of the contract between the Department of Immigration and Techno Brain, the latter is prioritizing the issuance of emergency passports, keeping everyone else in wait.
The department’s spokesperson Wellington Chiponde outlined that the department is prioritizing passports for those that are traveling for medical attention, academic reasons and other reasons that may compel them to travel as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson has confirmed that the process of identifying a new contractor to take over the process has since commenced. On 9 December, Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda terminated a multi-billion kwacha passport contract government had signed with Techno Brain in March 2019.
The termination came three days after the AG faulted the procurement process of the $60 million (about K47.4 billion) contract between Techno Brain and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services.