Opposition United African National Council (UANC) leader, Gwinyai Muzorewa, revealed that he failed to contest in last year’s elections as a presidential candidate because he could not secure a birth certificate on time.
Muzorewa claimed that the Registrar-General’s office said that he had never been issued with one his entire life. In an interview with Newsday, Muzorewa had this to say:
My birth certificate issue has been a case of corruption, even at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.
Any government has the Registrar’s Office, which issues and store all national records, including birth certificates. I have had all my national ID, passport, birth and so on.
Trusting that our government agencies are functioning normally, I wanted to collect my birth certificate only to be told that I had never had one.
I should have made a noise, but I am smarter than them. No one can convince me that the whole system is not corrupt.
I find it most reasonable to replace a corrupt government with one that is not. The MDC was in Parliament but did not make it a point to reform anomalies in the Constitution.