Source: The Herald (Harare)
The Registrar General’s Office has begun the national mobile registration for people to acquire identity documents as part of preparations for next year’s harmonised elections.The department is focusing on registration of national identity cards, births and deaths certificates. The mobile registration exercise, which will run for three months, will end on November 30. Registrar-General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede yesterday said every district in the country’s 10 provinces had mobile teams. “We started mobile registration on Monday at our designated centres and static offices,” he said.
Mr Mudede said the exercise was not for granting citizenship. “Citizenship has procedures that we go through,” he said.
“We have our friends — foreigners and aliens who are here. Some have entered through immigration points and have been in this country for some time. There is time which is statutorily provided for them. The procedure is that they will come to our offices not mobile offices. When they come, we do checks together with the immigration department, the time provided by the law they have stayed in this country. If they clear themselves through immigration they come we give them forms and after completion there are checks, the vetting processes we go through. This is international. There is no country on earth that just gives citizenship. After vetting they will then be granted citizenship. This time of three months (of national mobile registration) does not finish that business. Those who would like to have their citizenship status regularised must come through our offices. Citizenship is not de-centralised, it is centralised.”
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