The Bindura Registrar-General’s office has not been processing passports after the office failed to purchase pre-paid electricity tokens for several months.
Provincial registrar Tafadzwa Nyandoro confirmed the power crisis adding that he had been assured that the solution was on its way. Nyandoro said:
Yes, it’s true, but I have received assurance that it is being attended to by our accounts department and we will soon be up and running.
NewsDay was told that residents were failing to access the documents since they were supposed to be processed electronically. One resident, Donald Shungu:
Passports are only issued in Bindura and it is not acceptable that such a big office is failing to pay for electricity bills. What is the Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe doing when the whole province is crying over passports?
Zimbabwe has a huge passport backlog that is attributed to a shortage of resources at the Registrar-General’s office to process the documents.
This has happened when the citizenry has been applying for the documents in large numbers in an endeavour to escape from the biting economy.