The Zimbabwe government is calling out all innovation hubs in universities to come up with a patent for the local production of vehicle number plates with the requisite security features.
In a briefing held yesterday at the Munhumutapa building, Minister of Information Monica Mutsvangwa said the initiative will ease current number plate shortages being experienced in the country.
“Following a presentation by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development on the need to produce number plates locally as an import substitution strategy, Cabinet tasked local innovation hubs to come up with a patent for the local production of number plates with the requisite security features,” she said.
“Cabinet is confident that the move to produce number plates locally will ease the current shortages being experienced in the country due to the limited availability of foreign currency. The local production of new number plates will also increase the utilisation of the country’s resources, including local scientists, and create employment for citizens.”
This however, has sparked some uproar over social media, as people felt that the move of addressing the manufacturing of vehicle number plates was retrogressive as the government had promised 20 000 number plates by end of September when the secretary for Transport and infrastructural development Engineer Amos Marawa announced that the government was to receive 20 000 number plates at the end of the month.
Importers of vehicles have been obtaining Temporary Identification Cards indefinitely as the government has been promising to deliver the metal vehicle plates.