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Government Opens E-passport Centre In Chitungwiza

GOVERNMENT has launched an e-passport bio-enrolment centre in Chitungwiza.

This follows the launch of the e-passport by President Mnangagwa in December last year.

The launch was attended by Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Permanent Secretary, Mr Aaron Nhepera, who was representing Minister Kazembe Kazembe.

Registrar-General Henry Machiri and Chitungwiza Acting Mayor, Councillor Kiven Mutimbanyoka, also attended the ceremony.

Mr Nhepera said Chitungwiza had again scored a first in cascading the issuance of e-passports to district offices.

“This dovetails well with the NDS1 objective of modernising the economy through the use of ICT and digital technology, as we rally towards the attainment of Vision 2030,” he said.

“The introduction of the e-passport has significantly improved service delivery and has brought convenience to members of the public.

“The application process is no longer cumbersome and the turnaround time for the production of ordinary passports has been reduced to seven days.”

He said the process of rolling out the programme to other districts was underway.

“The process of rolling out the programme to the remaining eight (8) provincial offices, including Murewa, Beitbridge, Zvishavane, and Hwange districts, is currently underway,” he said.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, through the Civil Registry Department, has brought e-passport services to Chitungwiza district in recognition of its position as the third largest urban settlement in the country in terms of population size.

“The availability of this service to Chitungwiza is bound to benefit surrounding communities, including Stoneridge, Hopley, Seke, Mahusekwa and Beatrice, among others”

He encouraged citizens, without national identification documents, to take advantage of the mobile registration exercise.

“In this regard, the Civil Registry Department has embarked on a mobile registration exercise countrywide, with the aim of ensuring that these critical documents are accessible to all who require them,” he said.

“It is, therefore, incumbent upon us all to ensure that we grab this opportunity to get registered and be able to enjoy our constitutionally enshrined right.”

Registrar General Machiri said his department remained committed to improving service delivery for the benefit of all citizens.

“To ensure that every citizen and non-citizen in the country is registered, the department has come up with various measures to enhance civil registrations through decentralisation and computerisation of services to keep abreast with modern technological advancement,” he said.

“To date, the department has established 10 provincial offices, 68 district offices and 202 sub-offices countrywide.

“I consider the people of Chitungunza very lucky as the decentralisation of passport services to district level started with the establishment of Chitungwiza Passport Office in December 2020, and the roll out of the e-passport services to districts has again started with this office.

“The cascading of the e-passport services to Chitungwiza district will go a long way in decongesting the Harare Passport Office.”

Machiri said the department was making efforts to further roll out passport services to more district offices to ensure ease of access to travel documents.

-Hmetro

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