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E-Passport project to cost Shs60b

Internal Affairs Ministry wants 60 billion shillings to supplement funding of the new e-passport. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The National Citizenship and Immigration Control is seeking supplementary funding to a tune of Shs60,212,776,512 to cater for the implementation of Electronic Passport.

The details of the projected expenditure are contained in a supplementary request that was tabled by State Minister for Planning, David Bahati and referred to the Parliamentary Budget Committee for consideration.

According to the breakdown, the Department that is under the Ministry of Internal Affairs has budgeted for allowances of the officials which is going to cost Shs1,467,161,280, while medical expenses account for Shs152,880,000, yet Books, periodicals and newspapers are set to cost taxpayers Shs55,244,765,802, as well ad Computer supplies will cost Shs68,250,000.

Additionally, welfare and entertainment is set to cost Shs95,550,000, whereas printing stationary, photocopying and binding will cosy Shs95,550,000, not forgeting Telecommunications Shs95,550,000, while postage and courier Shs1,665,739,430, rent to private entities Shs382,200,000,000, water Shs85,995,000, other utilities (fuel, gas, firewood, charcoal) Shs61,425,000.

For travel inland, Shs269,100,000 projection is being requested while travel abroad Shs237,510,000, fuels, lubricants and oils Shs95,550,000, maintenance machinery, equipment and furniture will cost Shs95,550,000.

Uganda’s implementation of the Electronic passport follows the 17thOrdinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State held in March 2016, that saw the launch the new EAC e-Passport with the nation leaders agreeing to the commencement of the issuance of the New international EAC e-Passport to take effect on 1st January 2019.

The development saw Government announce changes in prices for the electronic passports in a bid the Internal Affairs Ministry argued is intended to generate Non Tax Revenue with the Ordinary Passport 48 Pages to go for Shs250,000, Ordinary Passport 64 Pages Shs300,000, Official/Service Passport 64 Pages Shs 400,000 and the 64paged Diplomatic Passport are set to cost Shs500,000.

Yet still, those in urgent need of passports will have to part with Shs150,000 as Passport Express Services and Courier fee for Diaspora Passport applications will cost Shs300,000 while the Diaspora Ordinary Passport of 64 Pages is Shs350,000.

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