Source: NewsDay (Harare)
A HUMAN rights and peace watchdog has accused authorities at the Registrar General’s Office of forcing poor villagers to pay in cash and kind to obtain identity documents ahead of a by-election in Mwenezi East constituency.
BY SILAS NKALA
The Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) claimed it has information of a “suspicious” registration exercise that took place at Chingwizi Primary School in Ward 13 of Mwenezi East from February 24 to March 1 this year.
ZPP accused one Hardlife Mudavanhu, working in cohorts with the Rutenga Registrar General’s office, of reportedly demanding $5 to $10 from villagers in order to obtain the national documents.
Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede, has been accused of abating Zanu PF’s election rigging machinery. However, following the adoption of the new Constitution in 2013, his department was cut-off in the preparation of the voters’ roll, now administered by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission. But Mudede still superintends over the registration of births and deaths, which is essential in the management of the voters’ roll now set to go biometric.