President Robert Mugabe officially commissioned the new state of the art Passport Production Centre, replacing the current system based in Msasa which is set to run thousands of passports per day, as government seeks to clear the backlogs and corrupt activities based on the loopholes.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the center at King George the 6th, (KG6) at the Registrar General’s Department, the president said the new system will greatly improve the process and cut down on unnecessary queues, while they accelerate their ZimAsset program.
However the government did not shed light into whether the normal passport waiting period is now going to be reduced neither the fees as we assume they will rather wait and see, but such an announcement will be imminent if government is sincere.
The new passport system will replace the old booklet production which was being handled at Fidelity in Msasa, while all processes will now be undertaken at the Registrar General.
Registrar general Mr Tobaiwa Mudede also said that the new machine is also capable of producing the e-passport which will be officially launched soon as they now even have the capacity to print passports for other nations through this Japanese based high tech.
The new passport will also have added security features, which are different from the current introduced as soon as government approves this new trend in passports.
The Zimbabwe passport will also take the olden characteristics of running vernacular languages, a move which was initially resisted by the international community, with France in the forefront..
The commissioning ceremony was attended by the two vice presidents Cdes Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan province Cde Miriam Chikukwa, Home Affairs Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda, Secretary for Home Affairs Cde Melusi Matshiya, Japanese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Yoshinobu Hiraishi and officials from Home Affairs and the Registrar-General’s Office.
More details to follow.