Government intends to roll out at least 70 Community Information Centers (CICs) across the country by year end, a Cabinet minister has said.
The first CIC was commissioned by President Robert Mugabe in 2014 at Murombedzi Growth Point .
By Kudakwashe Pembere
Addressing the world post day celebrations held in Rushinga where a CIC was commissioned yesterday, Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier services Supa Mandiwanzira said they have commissioned more than 10 CICs to date in Zimbabwe.
“The first such centre was commissioned in 2014 by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde. RG Mugabe at Murombedzi Growth Point. Thereafter, we have established and commissioned more than 10 CICs in various post offices around the country.
“As we approach the end of the year seventy CICs are set to be rolled out and commissioned,” he said.
Minister Mandiwanzira said the revamp of the national postal network will help citizens access government services.
“As a Ministry, we believe with a bit of support, in terms of resources, the countrywide postal network infrastructure will play a pivotal role in the provision of government services such as online passport applications, government pension payouts, financial services and web based applications for national registrations.
“Efforts are already at an advanced stage to ensure that a modern model post office is put in place which will see all key government services such as pension payouts, passport applications, birth and death registrations, vehicle registration and many more being provided to members of the public under one roof,” he said.
“We sincerely believe that there is no need for yo to travel to towns to access these services.”
Realising the marginalisation of Zimbabwe’s rural areas technology-wise, Zimpost, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the ministry of ICT partnered to see that there are fully fledged technological centres which are operational.