Govt installing CCTVs at Civil Registry

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Harare (New Ziana) -The Zimbabwe government is installing closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) at all Civil Registry offices where it is establishing electronic passport biometric enrolment (E-passport) centres, as it moves to curb corruption in the department, which has become synonymous with the vice.

CCTV is a video system that consists of strategically placed video cameras around an area that records footage, and is then transmitted to a display monitor for real-time viewing as well as footage playback.

Home Affairs permanent secretary Aaron Nhepera told New Ziana in an interview that the surveillance equipment had since been installed in Harare, Bulawayo and other centres where E-passport offices had been opened.

“We have managed to do Harare, Bulawayo, Lupane, Murehwa and Chitungwiza, and we will be moving to other provinces soon,” he said.

Nhepera said in Harare, CCTVs had been installed at the new Civil Registry building, where most activities have been moved from the old Makombe Building.

He said more bio-enrolment centres would be established throughout the country as the government moved to achieve its goal of a digital economy.

Surveys show that video monitoring can reduce certain types of crime with the College of Policing suggesting that it was “associated with a statistically significant decrease in crime”.

According to one study, crime decreased by 13 percent in places with CCTV, compared to those without it.

The government, through the Civil Registry Department, began issuing e-passports on 18 January 2022 with the document becoming operational on 7 February 2022.

Introduction of the e-passport has greatly improved service delivery and has brought convenience to the public.

The application process is no longer cumbersome and the turnaround time for production of ordinary passports has been reduced to seven days from the previous one year or more.

Zimbabwe joined more than 100 countries which have rolled out e-passports.

New Ziana

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