- RG offices to decentralise, with Chitungwiza set to benefit
- Town council to house travel documents office
CHITUNGWIZA Mayor Lovemore Maiko on Monday revealed that Chitungwiza Municipality, Zengeza 2 administration office, will house the passport application and collection offices.
Registrar-General (RG)’s department had requested that it renovates vacant offices at Chitungwiza Town Council Head Office for use as a passports centre.
“Harare offices are always clogged, hence we have agreed with the local authority in Chitungwiza to ease the pressure through decentralisation. The deputy registrar approached the council so that they can start offering passports in Chitungwiza in order to decongest the Harare offices,” Maiko said.
Chitungwiza has a population size of 386 000.
According to Maiko, the presence of the passports office in Chitungwiza would turn around the town’s economic fortunes.
“The request is an honour to the town and would attract investors,” he said.
Councillor Lovemore Mtunzi noted that the development would also attract criminal activities in the town, implying that more security measures would be needed for the town.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post, a Chitungwiza resident Memory Mutyakureva said the availability of the passports offices would assist in saving money for residents who would previously travel to and from Harare for the document.
“It will also be an advantage to local residents, considering they had to wake-up early, with some sleeping at the offices in Harare in order to obtain passports,” she said.