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National ID prerequisite for e-passport

Tanzanians should acquire a National Identification card firstly, before requesting the technologically savvy e-passport inaugurated today (Wednesday) by President John Magufuli at Immigration Offices in Dar es Salaam.

Commissioner General of Immigration Department, Dr Anna Makakala revealed that criteria before while explaining how the e-passport will work and its importance in curbing cross border crimes including terrorism.

“Everyone should make sure he/she gets National Identification Card as a requirement to be used to get the new passport,” she insisted. Minister of Home Affairs Dr Mwigulu Nchemba stated that the e-document will be available for 150,000/- and will last for 10 years, an average of 15,000/- per year.

However, President Magufuli directed the Immigration czar to make sure that she removes all corrupt staff in her department since the “e-migration system won’t deliver if we don’t have ethical staff.”

Explaining the cost of the newly inaugurated card, the President said the cost is a bit higher compared with the old one due to sophisticated technology used. “Comparing to other countries, ours is cheaper,”

President Magufuli said and congratulated Ireland embassy and immigration department for the initiatives that led Tanzania to have its e-passport.

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