RG’s Office weeds out 1 000 bogus marriage officers


Mr Tobaiwa Mudede

Tafadzwa Ndlovu Herald Reporter
The Registrar-General’s Office has weeded out 1 000 bogus marriage officers following the introduction of stringent requirements in 2012 to curb sham marriages, a parliamentary committee heard yesterday.Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede told the Portfolio Committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development that the new, highly securitised marriage certificate had resulted in a reduction of marriages of convenience.

“We had over 2 000 marriage officers in the country. A large number of up to half that were pseudo marriage officers who had not been registered but were practising. We decided to stop them and we won.”

In 2012, the RG’s Office also said marriage officers could only collect the new certificates after producing practising certificate and a letter of confirmation from their head of denomination. The requirements, he said, saw shady marriage officers disappearing from the radar.

“We are now left with up to 1000 pastors and other practising officers,” Mr Mudede said.  “As you have noticed people are coming up with their churches and we have had meetings where we had to ban established churches, about three of them and they are still bothering us that they want to continue practicing. I even told their bishops that these people were sinning against God and people in the country because of their love for money hence forgetting the roles of marriage officers.”

The new document has a watermark, and passport size photos of the bride and groom and their thumb prints. Full names and national identity numbers of witnesses, as well as the marriage officer’s date stamp, are also part of the document.

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  • Zimbabwe United

    No more fake love we want true love. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

    • Emperor Chin

      kkkkk Very funny ndabva ndarohwa nendangariro

      • rukudzo

        Even me ndabva ndafunga Don Gumbo, infact Ilanga yese zvayo. Life can be unfair sometimes.

  • Eng.C

    it is the right move for those who get married, as l have taken the celibacy vows

  • Zimbos_need_no_link_to_Zanu-PF

    What about the bogus marriage between NIKUV and Zanu-PF? We’re still waiting for the illegally withheld electronic version of the voters’ role and your long overdue retirement Mr Mudede!

    • rukudzo

      Zimbabwe is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate according to age. Garara wakazviziva izvozvo.

      • Zvarevashe

        Tell that to the unemployed millions of youngsters. Civil servant retirement ages are from 55 to 65, Mudede at 70 is selfishly blocking promotion prospects for someone far more competent, dynamic and younger than himself.

        • rukudzo

          Who told you that young means better performance- that is the falacy which we should do away with. If Mudede is serving the interests of the country well he should continue to come to the office. Kana iwe wanga uchida promotion, and you feel he is blocking you, tsvaga rimwe basa.

  • Tawanda

    Thats a good move whats now left is for you to publish an upto date list of authentic marriage officers so that we know who is legit or not. Thumbs up Mudede

    • Sengamo

      Followed by an authentic list of the voters’ role?

      • rukudzo

        That one is up to Madam Makarau

        • Zvarevashe

          With all the information and IT equipment under Mudede’s and Nikuv’s control, based at their new offices in army headquarters at KGVI barracks?

          • rukudzo

            Location of Equipment does not matter.

          • Lwazi

            Agreed, but control of operations, information and content does. Makarau controls nothing!

  • Kitsiyatota

    He normally crawls out of his shell during elections time.In the interim he maintains his relevance by plucking figures from the air, and tooting his horn for nothing!

  • Hlahla Hamburamatope

    These are marriage certificates paid for by the Nigers under his watch and no one is fazed by this heading, the bottom line is, TM is very corrupt and has individualized RG’s as his personal farm.