Bulawayo residents have castigated the Registrar General’s Office for limiting applications for national identification cards (IDs) to a reported 100 people per day.
Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association chairperson Ambrose Sibindi said the Registrar General’s Office should remove the limit and grant IDs to all applicants. Said Sibindi:
This is a blitz, meaning one has to go out of the norm. But when these officials are documenting 100 people per day it’s no longer a blitz, it loses its meaning.
Bulawayo United Residents Association chairman, Winos Dube, said that the blitz has lost its meaning as the same number of people are being served per day as in the past. Dube said:
We expected to see people being able to quickly obtain documents. Issuing IDs to only a 100 means we are moving at a slow pace and there is no difference to what has been happening (in the past).
We call upon authorities to monitor this exercise so that the main objective is fulfilled.
At Mpopoma Hall, there are few officials from the Registrar General’s Office who are serving the public, according to Pelandaba Ward 9 councillor Charles Moyo. He said:
Only two people were manning the IDs desk, while two were manning the birth certificate desk at the Mpopoma centre.
A blitz must serve a lot of people. It means for the two days at Mpopoma Hall they only served 200 people.
In March this year, the Civil Registry Department announced that it will be working during weekends and public holidays during the six months mobile registration blitz set to start on 1 April and end on 30 September this year.
It said the blitz will be conducted at both static and mobile sites up to the end of September and people can apply for birth certificates, death certificates and national identity documents.
The Department also said the registration offices will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM during weekdays and from 7 AM to 4 PM on weekends and public holidays.
It said the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the national mobile registration exercise.