Mudede clears air on ‘ID passports’

Mr Tobaiwa Mudede

Mr Tobaiwa Mudede

Herald Reporter
Registrar-GENERAL Mr Tobaiwa Mudede yesterday said his call for use of machine-readable biometric identity cards to cross borders was not meant to replace passports as an international travel document. He said in a statement that the proposal was meant to assist communities within borders, particularly in Beitbridge, whenever they wanted to cross into neighbouring countries to buy groceries and return on the same day.
Mr Mudede was responding to a NewsDay report yesterday under the headline “Mudede wants plastic IDs as passports”.

In the article, the paper reported that Mr Mudede told parliamentarians visiting Makombe Building in Harare on Tuesday that the security features on the Zimbabwean ID cards made up of polythene and synthetic material were better than those on passports.

The paper further said Mr Mudede told the legislators that IDs could be used alongside passports as travel documents because they were machine-readable at the highly computerised ports of entry.

“In the past, these people (living along borders) used to be issued with border passes to cross into the neighbouring country to buy basic commodities and return the same day,” said Mr Mudede.

The NewDay story had given the impression that Mr Mudede was calling for people to be allowed to use national IDs as travel documents in the absence of passports.

“However, in 2010, when the South Africa government hosted the 2010 World Cup it stopped accepting all travel documents which are not classified as passports. This affected some Sadc countries.”

The RG’s Office, said Mr Mudede, mooted the idea of engaging the South African government and others to discuss permitting Zimbabwean identity card holders to cross into neighbouring countries to buy basic necessaries and return to the country the same day.

The NewDay story had given the impression that Mr Mudede was calling for people to be allowed to use national IDs as travel documents in the absence of passports.

Pin It
  • kay

    As we move toward sregional integration; we actually need to consider losing passports in the region or coming up with regional passports; or ideas such as APEC business card. After all easier mobility is key to economic and development

  • kwanai

    dont be stupid ndodasadza… kushaya mari kwako to travel doesnt mean every one haana, u really sound lyk a witch necomment yako to such an extent tt if yo neighbor does something unomuroya iwe…

  • kkk

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk