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Decentralisation of e-passport services on course

Story by John Nhandara

DECENTRALISATION of e-passport issuance centres is gathering pace with two more district offices set to be opened before the end of the year.

The Registrar General’s office has so far issued in excess of 350 000 e-passports since the launch of the programme in January this year as the decentralisation of the service continues.

Chinhoyi is the latest to provide an e-passport centre after a District office was opened in the town this month while Marondera and Zvishavane offices will open their doors to the public this week.

“To date, we have done 352 156 e-passports, and these are being done in our provincial offices, but we now also have other provincial and district offices online for example Chinhoyi is now online. The Marondera office will be issuing e-passports starting this Monday. Zvishavane in two weeks’ time,” said Registrar General, Henry Machiri.

The Registrar General’s Office has confirmed that more consumables have been acquired to cater for an anticipated surge in demand during the festive season.

“We have enough consumables. This is our busiest period because most diasporans will be coming home and we are ready,” he added

Plans are also underway for Zimbabwean embassies in countries such as South Africa and the United Kingdom to provide e-passport services.

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