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Intermediaries will no longer be acceptable in Mozambican passport applications, which will have to be in person, in a measure aimed at combating the fraudulent issuing of such documents, the National Immigration Service (Senami) says.
A Senami source is quoted by the country’s main daily newspaper, Notícias, as saying that the German company Muhlbauer, contracted to produce identification documents in Mozambique, is already implementing the measure on an experimental basis.
After the trial phase, all applicants will have to apply for passports in person, either at Senami headquarters in Maputo or at provincial centres.
Until the measure is implemented across the board, applicants will still be able to apply for passport through intermediaries, simply by delivering photographs, the correct fee and a commission.
But this procedure has allowed corrupt officials to use passport application data to illegally issue documents to third parties. Several Senami officials are in court for their alleged involvement in such schemes.Source: Lusa