The Department of Immigration has unveiled plans to start issuing passports in Mangochi as one way of easing congestion at its Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu offices.
Chief Immigration Officer, Masauko Medi, disclosed this in Blantyre on Wednesday after receiving a donation of three desktop computers, four laptops, three multifunctional printers and a canon copier from FDH Bank.
Medi said the items will help in setting up the Mangochi office which will start issuing passports this year.
The immigration chief could, however, not indicate the exact date when the issuing of passports from the lakeshore district would start.
“I cannot give you the exact date when we are starting issuing of passports from Mangochi. But it is this year. We are still waiting for funding from Treasury for some components of the project,” said Medi.
According to FDH Bank Managing Director, Eric Ouattara, the donation is worth K9.2 million.
This is not the first time FDH Bank has donated to the Immigration Department. A few weeks ago, the bank also donated six air conditioners to the department worth K5.1 million.
“In addition to fulfilling our corporate social responsibility, I would like to mention here that the Department of Immigration is a partner for FDH Bank.
“FDH Bank is responsible for revenue collection in all the department offices. We collect these on behalf of the department. We believe that our systems will work better with this donation, thereby enhancing service delivery,” said Ouattara.