By Innocent Nxumalo
THE Beitbridge community has become the latest to benefit from the ongoing decentralisation of key government services after a passport office was opened in the border town.
The e-passport office has also been described as a strategic move which is expected to reduce border jumping.
The facility is already fully functional much to the relief of the people of Beitbridge and surrounding areas.
“Having such an office in Beitbridge is strategic. It was not easy for us to travel long distances to apply for a passport only to see our cousins who are a few kilometres across the river,” said locals who spoke to the ZBC News.
“This passport will reduce border jumping as we have the service a stone’s throw away from the exit point.”
Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Trustworthy Manatsire is equally excited about the latest development which is expected to ease challenges in border lying areas.
“With this office here, people can easily regularise their travelling. After spending lots of resources trying to control border jumping, we expect that when border lying communities acquire travelling documents they will improve on compliance and use formal exit points,” he said.
The government’s devolution agenda has seen improved resourcing of districts and provincial offices to effectively render services to all communities.