Residents laud government for decentralising passports

By Mhlomuli Ncube

LIFE will never be the sane again for people in Hwange after the Registry department opened the first ever passports issuing office in the area.

When Hwange district welcomed its first ever passports office in the area, it was a moment that the locals welcomed with joy. 

To them this is the end of having to travel hundreds of kilometres to Bulawayo to acquire the travel document.

“We want to thank the government for this, it is a huge relief,” said Chief Nekatambe.

There were times people here travelled to Bulawayo or Lupane just for a passport. It is over and we are happy,” said Chief Nelukovha.

Government is not stopping on its pledge to deliver promises to citizens.

This is yet another Second Republic’s promise delivered. The people are the beneficiaries,” said Honourable Richard Moyo Matabeleland North Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution.

“The opening of this office here is crucial. It addresses the need for citizens to have documents and at the same time emphasise government commitment to decentralising such services,” said Honourable Ruth Maboyi Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage.

For people who had to endure long journeys and pump out money to get to the next office for travel documents, Hwange is now breathing a sigh of relief.

It is a result of a government devolution and decentralisation promise and commitment towards inclusive development.