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MRP demands fresh registration exercise

by Stephen Jakes
25 Sep 2017 at 06:56hrs | Views
Mthwakazi Republic Party through its lawyers will be approaching high court soon demanding a fresh start of the mobile registration exercise since it feels did not serve its intended purpose.

The party said the announcement by the Zanu PF government that the issuance of national IDs and births and death certificate is free of charge is a fallacy. President Mqondisi moyo led his executive members to Khezi District office in Matobo after Gwandavale villagers had raised anomalies by registrar officials thereby even harassing villagers.

"Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede stressed a point during a press conference in Harare that the process is done to ensure people get the documents ahead of next year's general.

I quote, " Authority has been granted for the waiver of fees by Treasury today 19 September 2017. The waiver is in terms of Section 78 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act (chapter 22:09) and will cover the following; national registration identity documents (initial and replacement, birth certificates (initial and replacement), death certificates (initial and replacement) and citizenship by descent (persons born in Zimbabwe one of whose parents is a citizen by birth)," he said.

"It is this authority that we have been waiting for which comes into effect on September 20, 2017 at 7am and ending on November 30, 2017. The Registrar General's officers countrywide are accordingly notified."

The waiver was in response to a plea by the public that the charges were exorbitant. The fees charged by the Registrar- General's office ranged between $5 and $10 for replacing national identification card

The meeting between the MRP leadership and Mr Kutya the district registrar for Matobo district who confided to the MRP team that the registration started on the 2nd of September 2017 and the gazette by the government that they must not charge people was effected on the 20th of September 2017

"Surprisingly the officials at the district office sang a different tune to the one by the officials on the ground. Also the government has been lying through TVs, radios and state run newspapers that the exercise have been going smoothly since the 2nd of September whereas a lot of clients were turned away due to lack of finances and we feel the exercise has to be started afresh as the first 18 days many people were turned away," said Moyo.

President Mqondisi Moyo also took the opportunity to register at Khezi voter registration centre and he will be voting in Gwandavale Primary school in 2018 elections and he is also a Parliamentary candidate for Matobo North constituency.

Source - Byo24News