East African Passport?!

debate over east africa passport

On plans to introduce the new East African electronic passport to replace the current passports, the Ministry of Internal Affairs says the ordinary passport with 48 and 64 pages will cost Shs250,000 and Shs300,000 respectively; the official passport or Service passport, will cost Shs400,000 while the Diplomatic passport will cost Shs500,000, while Shs150,000 will be charged as the express fee.

My concerns however are with the entire process from its legality, the ease of administration and costs.

I don’t think there is a country recognised as East Africa for it to be able to issue passports. I also don’t know whether the EAC Presidents’ directive was ever brought to the attention of Parliament.

The Protocol has not yet been read here in Parliament so where is the legal authority of changing the Ugandan passport to an East African passport?

Rebecca Kadaga Speaker of Parliament says