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Mudede wants plastic IDs as passports

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REGISTRAR-General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede has said South Africa should consider accepting Zimbabwe’s machine-readable biometric identity cards as travel documents alongside passports following the banning of Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs).

EVERSON MUSHAVA

Mudede told Parliamentarians visiting Makombe Building in Harare yesterday that the security features on the Zimbabwean ID cards made up of polythene and synthetic material were better than passports.

He said these could be used alongside passports as travel documents because they were machine-readable at the highly computerised ports of entry.

“We can negotiate with the South African government to have our IDs replace ETDS; they actually have similar features with our passports,” Mudede said.

He was addressing members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development chaired Zanu PF MP for Goromonzi West Biatar Nyamupinga before the committee’s tour of the RG’s Offices.

The demand for passports in the country has been high since the turn of the century as people sought travel documents to run away from a rising economic meltdown.

More than two million Zimbabweans are believed to be living in South Africa either legally or illegally.

South Africa banned the use of ETDs by Zimbabwean travellers ahead of the soccer World Cup staged in June 2010 to control the influx of people.

Mudede said the demand for passports would remain very high due to the economic situation in the country. He said the country was still grappling with Western-imposed sanctions. He said the long queues experienced at the passport office were a result of people renewing their documents including those coming back home who were in desperate need of passports in order to regularise their stay in foreign countries.

He said his office was now processing ID cards for foreigners staying in the country for six months so that they would be in the registry’s database for easy monitoring. “Anyone who comes as a foreigner and is here for six months, we give them an ID card. We need to identify them if they commit crimes. The ID card will have expiry dates,” Mudede said.

The RG said his office was also issuing out high-security feature citizenship cards to foreigners staying in the country to avoid a situation where people would cheat the system.

Nyamupinga, however, expressed concern over the long queues at the Passport Offices. She suggested that the Registrar-General’s Office set up separate queues between men and women to avoid cases where women fall prey to sexual abuse.

Nyamupinga also asked what the Registrar-General’s Office was doing to control the ever-increasing number of touts who preyed on innocent passport seekers.

Mudede, however, said queues were unavoidable; the concern should be on how to manage them.

He said the issue of touts was proving difficult to deal with as his security personnel apprehend them, handed them over to the police and within a day, they would be back after paying “lenient” fines.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. And where on the id’s are they going to put the Entry and Exit stamps? These old men are now past their sell by date.

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  2. And where on these ID’s is Immigration supposed to put the entry and exit stamps? These old men no longer think properly. They are way past their “sell-by” date. They want to normalize the abnormal!

    • Wake up its stated that these IDs are machine readable so they will log entry and exit on the electronic register. Zimbabwe has always had advanced national documentation systems since the days of metal IDs.

  3. Uku kwakukura chaiko or is it sheer madness.where do immigration officials put their stamps?these are the same guys making day to day decisions in our institutions.MWARI HUYAI MUNHU ATANGA.
    Then chairwoman wecommitte iyi chii chaari kutaura futi.I think nyaya yegender based violence bla bla kuti ipere women and men should be seperated in all facets of life.varume vakawanda varikupikira mhosva dzavasina kupara.what is neede to secure a rape conviction in Zim is for the woman to just report that I was raped by so and so.Unotoenda .

    • Wake up its stated that these IDs are machine readable so they will log entry and exit on the electronic register. Even in the UK when you leave the country they do not stamp exit on the pasport. Zimbabwe has always had advanced national documentation systems since the days of metal IDs.

  4. Mudede is that practical? Unless if SADC countries want to copy the East African countries because Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania they can move from one country to another without passport they can use their national IDs only without problem. So maybe Zimbabwe and South Africa want to do the same. On sanctions Mudede stop telling us stupid politics about sanctions. Pension was created for people who have served many years giving way to others.

  5. Biatar Nyamupinga une pfungwa dzakapiringishana y not start wit women n men sitting separately in parliament

  6. People, Rwanda uses such IDs as travel documents with Uganda and Kenya. Zvema stamps is old school. And the IDs are recorded when they entered the country and when they will exit. Even if aka jamba border, the system will have an overstay flag so that when they come back trying to enter, it is picked up and traveler barred.

  7. You report …..”South Africa banned the use of ETDs by Zimbabwean travellers ahead of the soccer World Cup staged in June 2010 to control the influx of people.”
    Now if SA should accept ID cards as ETD’s then everbody has an ETD – what kind of “influx of people” into SA would u expect. So are the SAfrican going to agree…. ney

  8. Tobaiwa Mudede you are stupid, very stupid indeed. HOW DO YOU STAMP A PLASTIC ID ON PORT OF ENTRY ? You deserve to be fired !

  9. Clearly people against this notion do not travel frequently……The minister is only suggeting this because of his observations whenever splurging our govt funds overseas. He has a point. There is no need to stamp anything, its all digital, mastamps are outdated…..
    Even in europe, they use digital id cards….PLEASE ZIMBABWEANS MOVE WITH EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD AND USE NEW TECHNOLOGY!!!!

  10. this wont work. the gvt must just find a way to boost the economy without the citizens leaving
    the country.i think the old gourdsmus cede power becouse itd not their future they are tarnishing,its the youth

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