By ZBC Reporter
Government has abolished the zero code on national identity documents under the district of origin, with the Civil Registry Department now in the process of re-coding those national IDs.
This Thursday Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Honourable Kazembe Kazembe presented a ministerial statement in parliament on policy changes and the re-cording exercise of persons whose national identity documents bear the “00” code under the district of origin.
The code identified persons of mixed race, Asians, and Caucasians during the colonial era.
Following government’s decision to abolish the code, the Civil Registry Department will re-cord the national IDs, a move set to ensure citizens enjoy their constitutionally guaranteed rights without colonially defined and derogatory policies.
Following consultations with the affected communities and various stakeholders, government has decided to abolish the 00 code. Government recognises the contribution of all citizens in their diversity,he said.
The policy shift conforms with provisions in the constitution which relate to citizenship, equality and non-discrimination.
Section 35(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe states that all Zimbabwean citizens are equally entitled to the rights, privileges and benefits of citizenship,he added.
Citizens who require to have their IDs re-encoded have been advised to approach their nearest civil registry offices.