Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services, Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube said next week they will question Registrar General (RG) Tobaiwa Mudede on why Zimbabweans continue to face difficulties in obtaining national documents at his offices.
Dube said it was unfortunate that people were finding it hard to get national documents. Said Dube:
The citizenship registration is a burning issue in our country and I must assure the House that our Portfolio Committee is seriously addressing it. It has always been like a favour for someone who wants to get identification documents, which include birth certificates, identity cards, passport or even a marriage certificate. I appreciate that our Registrar General Mr Mudede has been in this office since 1980 and that is a long time. So, it might be that he didn’t change his mindset from what he adopted when he got the job. Our parliamentary Portfolio Committee will invite him next week to come and answer a few questions to clarify some of the issues that are of concern to the citizens of Zimbabwe. I would say that we adopted this as a culture from the colonial days. During the colonial era, the native commissioner usually had some junior officers who handled this and made sure that before you could get your identity document you had to struggle.