Harare (New Ziana) – Zimbabwe on Friday waived fees for births and death certificates, national identity documents and livestock brands certificates as part of measures to facilitate access to these documents during the ongoing national mobile registration exercise.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage through the Civil Registry Department is conducting a national mobile registration exercise which commenced on 01 April 2022 and ending on 30 September 2022.
The programme is meant to clear the backlog on the issuance of civil registrations which was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The registration blitz is also an opportunity for citizens to obtain national identity documents which will enable them to register as voters in the upcoming 2023 harmonised general elections.
In a statement, Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister Kazembe Kazembe said Cabinet approved the issuance of national identity documents for free.
“To ensure that no-one and no place is left behind during this national mobile registration exercise, My Ministry is glad to announce that Cabinet has approved waiver of fees for all civil registration documents that is birth certificates, death certificates, national identity
documents and livestock brand certificates are now issued at no costs during this mobile registration period”, he said.
In addition, authorities relaxed most of the requirements in acquiring the documents.
This is in response to some people who were failing to access these documents due to death or separation of biological parents or guardians.
“In addition to waiver of fees, Cabinet has also approved relaxation of registration requirements and this is with immediate effect. Provincial and District Registrars together with team leaders have been instructed to attend to every person and ensure that they are offered the services they require, ” he said.
Kazembe added:” In line with His Excellency, the President E.D. Mnangagwa mantra that no one and no place is left behind, I encourage fellow citizens to take advantage of this opportunity and ensure that everyone is registered. ”