A mobile registration exercise for national identification documents that was being implemented in Bikita District came to an end on a high note after a month of since its inception and has now been shifted to other districts in other provinces.
The registration was meant to clear backlog in national identification documents that accumulated due to the restraining environment that was necessitated by Covid-19 lockdowns.
It also sought to bring closer to home registration exercises to marginalized communities where people were struggling to access these documents.
A total number of 4 397 national identification cards and 3 460 birth certificates were issued in Bikita during the month long registration exercise.
Speaking to TellZim News, Bikita District Information Officer (DIO) James Makuvaro said the registration exercise bore the intended fruits as many people took advantage of the chance to acquire their documents.
“The exercise covered all the wards in the district and it was a success as a number of people received their registration documents.
“It greatly helped us since the traveling distance was reduced as schools in some wards were used as registration centres,” added Makuvaro.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa recently advised that mobile registration exercise will continue targeting disadvantaged and vulnerable communities that cannot access offices.
“The mobile registration exercise that was taking place in Bikita, Tsholotsho and Bulilima districts came to an end on the 13th of October 2021, with a total of 10 685 national identification cards and 8 250 birth certificates having been issued.
“Focus will now shift to other disadvantaged communities, including Binga and other vulnerable communities along the borders of the country,” said Mutsvangwa.