LATEST: RG’s Office intensifies issuance of passports

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Mr Mudede

 

Herald Reporter
The Registrar General’s Office has intensified the issuance of passports countrywide to cope with the ever increasing demand for travel documents.

The office is now issuing an average of 2 241 passports daily up from 1 936 in 2012.

Addressing journalists in Harare on Wednesday, Registrar General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said the increase in production was in line with the Zim Asset which seeks to eliminate queues at the passport office and ensure that people get travel documents within 10 days.

Mr Mudede said his office opened registry offices in other areas to de-congest Harare.

“We are issuing passports within a day and in three days,” he said. “The other passport is presently issued within four weeks from the standard time of six months. The department continues to work towards meeting the 10 day target for ZimAsset.”

Mr Mudede said people should make use of provincial passport offices to acquire travel documents.

He said there was a misconception that documents could be facilitated faster in Harare than other provinces.

“Some people believe that coming to Harare will speed up passport application process,” he said. “People should utilise our existing passport offices in the provinces, thereby decongesting Harare.

“External passport applications are also being submitted through the Gwanda, Bulawayo and Gweru provincial offices. The completion of the Central Registry building which is now up at 98 percent will enable us to open more windows for passport applicants.”

Mr Mudede said they intended install management of queue electronic equipment and sitting facilities for the public at the new offices.

He said his office had also connected other Government departments to have access to specific information in their database.

Mr Mudede said he had no qualms with the new Constitution which required the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission to take over voter registration from his office.

“We are aware of the provisions of the new Constitution that Zec will take over registration,” he said. “We do not have any problems complying with the supreme law of the land.”

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  • Chikonzi

    Good news concerning improved electronic interconnections and functioning IT equipment, what’s happened to the voter’s role??

  • ruffus

    Everyone leaving the sinking ship, last man turn the light out, wait a minute, they ain’t been on for ages

    • Tuksedo

      More like the light’s always on but nobody’s ever home.

  • Chitupa

    How much is Mudede getting per month. Can Someone tell us before the press ? People have been struggling to get IDs or Passports whilst these people are earning thousands……..

  • Mutakah

    What about diasporans? Is the process any more streamlined at the embassies or are we still better of mailing our documents to loved ones to process on our behalf?
    What about the costs involved? You’d think the Herald would write more complete articles.

  • Cherata

    In kenya you apply and walk away with your passport in less than 4hrs. Mudede is too old, we want fresh and new ideas..ko retirement age yake chii?

    • guy gojiyas

      go and live in kenya you fool

    • Sadat

      People should sometimes understand that because of our economic situation, a lot of our people had to go out, necessitating the need for passports. In other countries which never went thru our difficulties, very few people ever think about a passport, they “don’t need” it. They have no prospects of leaving their villages

  • jojochenjera

    Fix the so-called online application form as a matter of priority.

  • dusty

    He said there was a misconception that documents could be facilitated faster in Harare than other provinces.

    “Some people believe that coming to Harare will speed up passport application process,” he said. “People should utilise our existing passport offices in the provinces, thereby decongesting Harare.

    …..eh Mudede that would be because if you go to the provincial or district offices that’s what they tell you! You want a long birth certificate, go to Harare. Emergency passport, go to Harare. Change surname, go to Harare. this and that, go to Harare sis man!

  • peter

    I was literally shocked to recive a txt msg that my passport was out. But I did not like the way they contrlolled the qeues. It was too militant at the Gweru office.

  • Alfred

    As long as these old men are refusing to leave public office then technological improvements will continue to elude us. What stops you from making appilcation fully online.

  • Robert

    these guys are doing a good job.Vanotokubairira massage kana passport yaita

  • Mtunzi

    SOMEONE PLEASE CONVEY THIS MESSAGE TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL.
    THERE IS A HUGE SCANDAL AT THE ZIMBABWE CONSUL IN BEDFORDVIEW, JOHANNESBURG. THERE IS A MAN (DARK IN COMPLEXION) NAMED SIBANDA.
    HE HAS BEEN EMPLOYED AT THIS OFFICE FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS. HE HANDLES PASSPORT APPLICATION FORMS, PHOTOS ETC AND DEMANDS LOTS OF BRIBE TO FACILITATE APPLICATION WHEN YOU DONT HAVE YOUR ORIGINAL METAL ID EVEN IF YOU HAVE YOUR LONG BIRTH CERTIFICATE. THIS MAN IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE! THE SYNDICATE WORKS WITH SOME PERSONNEL AT THE REGISTRATION OFFICE IN HARARE TO GET THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS, E.G ID 1000 RANDS. THIS IS A BIG SCANDAL AND HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE THE OFFICE MOVED FROM JOHANNESBURG CITY.
    PLEASE GO AND ARREST PEOPLE – WITNESSES ARE WAITING TO TESTIFY.

  • e.m

    Sitting facilities…., and as he was speaking they charging the public a fee to use the toilets at the RG’s offfices at Makombe? Is Mudede aware this practice happening under his nose?