By Jerold Sasa
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has commissioned a passport issuing office at Murewa, in Mashonaland East Province.
Days of travelling long distances to Harare and Marondera to apply for passports and other national documents will now be a thing of the past after the opening of the offices.
People, who spoke to ZBC News at the event this Thursday, commended government for decentralising provision of essential services.
“We are so excited about this development which has lessened our travelling distances to seek services,” said a beneficiary.
“We used to wake up at night to get passports or identity cards after travelling long distances,” said an elated community member.
Government reiterated its commitment to ensuring people get essential services at their doorsteps.
“We want as many centres to offer these services so that our people will not be travelling to far-away places,” Honourable Kazembe Kazembe Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.
“As a province we are very happy to have the e-passport services in this part of our province where people having struggling to get the services,” said Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
Government is also constructing other Registry Offices in Wedza and Goromonzi with the structures at various stages of completion.
E-passport services have also been launched in Harare, Bulawayo and Chitungwiza, while the first ever passport office was opened in Hwange last month.
Another E-passport office is set to be launched in Victoria Falls soon as government walks the talk on leaving no one and no place behind in the development agenda.