MEMBERS of Parliament from across the political divide yesterday called on the government to lobby other African countries to introduce a single e-passport for the continent. The issue came out during debate on a motion moved by Chirumanzu-Zibagwe MP, Auxillia Mnangagwa (Zanu PF) on a report on the role of the Pan African Parliament in promoting the free movement of people across the continent.

Mnangagwa said the African Union had also set a target to phase out visa requirements and adopt a single African passport by 2053 to promote integration.

“An e-passport will provide border control authorities with assurance that the passports are authentic and unaltered,” she said. “Development of a biometric passport will be significant towards development of an e-passport that will ease border crossings, and it will be more difficult for smugglers and human traffickers to operate.”…