May 26, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the proposed engagement of a private partner in the Implementation of a National Biometric Database for the Production of e-Passports, National Identity Cards and Birth Certificates. The partnership will increase the passport production capacity to 4 million units per year.
July 27, 2021Government delegation’s visit to the San Community in Tsholotsho District in Matabeleland North Province. Based on report provided to Cabinet, Cabinet noted that the Language Centre at Midlands State University has already translated the Constitution, the National Development Strategy 1: 2021-2025 as well as Covid-19 information manuals into the San/Tjwao language, with a view to expediting measures to safeguard the San community and advance its development. Cabinet directed as follows: that every Ministry should identify and take up a developmental role in areas inhabited by the San/Tjwao communities; that two or three primary and an equal number of secondary schools be set up as boarding institutions in areas easily accessible to San/Tjwao communities, in order to enhance school completion rates; that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage should instruct the Registrar General’s Office to issue birth and identity documents to the inhabitants of San/Tjwao and similar communities in Zimbabwe who have hitherto been unable to obtain such documentation.
Feb. 25, 2021
President E.D Mnangagwa commissioned the Bulawayo Water Supply Augnentation Project in Nyamadhlovu Mat North.
Dec. 18, 2020
Zimbabwe welcomed the licensing of the country’s first-ever three community radio stations as a step in the right direction towards opening up the broadcasting sector to new players.
March 14, 2021
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) licensed more Community Radio Stations and compass stations at the National University of Science and Technology (Nust), Lupane State University (LSU) and Harare Polytechnic College. Last year BAZ awarded three licences to Mbembesi Development Trust, Ntepe-Manama Community Radio Trust and Nyangani Community Radio Trust.The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe announced it had licensed three more Community Radio Stations. The licences were issued to, Beitbridge — Shashe Community Radio Broadcasting Association which covers Beitbridge and Shashe, Chiredzi Rural Communities Development Initiative Trust trading as Avuxeni FM which covers Chikombedzi, Chiredzi, Rutenga, Mahenye and Malipati and to Lyeja-Nyayi Development Trust that covers Hwange and Victoria Falls
March 21, 2021Cabinet considered and approved the Guardianship of Minors Amendment Bill, 2020 as presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs as Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Legislation. The Bill seeks to align provisions of the Guardianship of Minors Act [Chapter 5:08] to the current Constitution. The Bill provides for the exercise of joint guardianship and custody of parents.
Dec. 2, 2020
THE Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has started verifying information and carrying out fact-finding missions in the communities that submitted applications for radio licences that meet their set standards. BAZ intends to license at least 10 community radio stations and 19 campus radio stations for a 10-year period.
Oct. 28, 2020
The Government has established a Civil Registry sub-office at Murambinda Growth Point as part of efforts by the Registrar General’s department to ensure all citizens have access to identity documents. Work on the sub-office began last year through an initiative by the community and the Member of Parliament for Buhera West, Cde Soul Nzuma.The Murambinda sub-office is one of 206 sub-offices that have been established countrywide and is expected to service people at the growth point and beyond, who have been travelling up to 30 km to access registry offices in Buhera and Gaza.
March 4, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the proposal to have a General Amnesty as presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Cabinet noted that the country’s prison population currently stands at 22 000 against an official holding capacity of 17 000. The General Amnesty, which will be for certain specified categories of prisoners, will decongest the country’s prisons and alleviate challenges being experienced by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).
Feb. 19, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the strategies to clear the passport backlog at the Central Registry as presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. The strategies are as follows:
(i) That the current Treasury payment facility of US$1 000 000 per month towards debt settlement be maintained;
(ii) That Treasury avails US$6,796 500; 580,200 Euros and $11,781,900 towards meeting the cost of clearing the passport backlog;
(iii) That the costs of ordinary and emergency passports currently pegged at $53 and $253 respectively, be increased to $150 for an ordinary passport and $600 for an emergency passport
Aug. 10, 2019
Passport production has increased from 60 to 1 000 per day following the delivery of essential consumables, including paper, gold foil, passport covers, glue and security threads, and a new printing machine for personalisation. Production is expected to increase further to at least 3 000 daily as two new personalisation machines are on their way. Plans are afoot to introduce day and night shifts to clear a 340 000 passport backlog that accumulated since last year.
July 15, 2019
Public hearings on the national inquiry on access to national documentation in the country are set to commence on 15 July 2019 in Matabeleland North province. In a statement, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) said the public hearings, held under the theme “My Identity, My Right”, will cover all national identity documents including citizenship.
June 18, 2019
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is set to roll out a five-month national inquiry on identity documents to establish gaps and the extent of their unavailability among Zimbabweans. The inquiry is part of fostering and enforcement of human rights enshrined in the Constitution, which states that everyone has a right to an identity.
Feb. 27, 2019
On 26 February 2019, Cabinet approved proposed changes to the citizenship laws to pave way for the granting of dual citizenship to people born in Zimbabwe.