Chitungwiza e-passport bi-enrolment centre opened

By John Nhandara

THE decentralisation of electronic passport offices is on course with another bi-enrolment centre being opened in Chitungwiza this Tuesday.

The Chitungwiza electronic passport bio-enrolment centre has been officially opened as Government walks the talk in the decentralisation of E-passport offices which were officially launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in December last year.

Guest Speaker at the event, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Permanent Secretary Mr Aron Nhepera said electronic passports dovetail with the National Development Strategy One’s modernisation agenda of achieving a digital economy.

The Chitungwiza E-passport bio-metric enrolment centre will benefit surrounding communities, including Seke, Mahusekwa and Beatrice.

“The Ministry 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 the services is bound to benefit surrounding communities including Stoneridge, Hopley and Mahusekwa among others,” said Mr Nhepera.

The programme which started in Harare before moving to Bulawayo and Chitungwiza is cascading to other provinces across the country.

The Murehwa E-passport bio enrolment centre is expected to be opened early next month, while other centres in Lupane, Gwanda, Beitbridge and Chinhoyi will be functional by July this year.

“This is the beginning of our decentralisation programme. We only had two offices for Harare and Bulawayo. Next month we will open Murehwa and by July we will have opened E-passport offices in almost all provinces,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Civil Registry Department’s mobile registration exercise which started on the first of April is progressing well.

The exercise is mainly focusing on registration of birth and death certificates as well as issuance of national identity documents.