Free birth certificates and IDs for citizens

Capitalk Reporter |  3 months ago | local

Following President Emmerson Mnangangwa’s intervention, civil registration documents such as national identity cards, birth certificates, death certificates, and cattle brands will now be free of charge during the ongoing national mobile registration blitz.

This development was announced by the President yesterday in his 42nd Independence Address during the main celebrations at Barbourfields Stadium in Bulawayo.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, through the Civil Registry Department, is conducting a national mobile registration exercise from April 1 until September 30, 2022, clearing the backlog created by the travel and working restrictions needed to combat COVID-19.

In a statement earlier yesterday, Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe said the cabinet approved the scrapping of fees and relaxation of requirements that were initially required to collect the identity particulars to ensure everyone has access to the critical documents.

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 advised everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to ensure they were registered.