Monday, September 20, 2021

Masvingo passport office keys stolen

Moses Ziyambi
Masvingo police have
been guarding the provincial registry complex for the past four days after a
staffer lost a bunch of keys allegedly to thieves, TellZim News has learnt.

Sources said a member of
the skeletal staff that is maintaining the offices for the duration of the
lockdown lost the keys after work on May 15.

Though provincial
registrar Sithembeni Chitsa could not be reached for comment, Zimbabwe Republic
Police (ZRP) Masvingo provincial assistant spokesperson Inspector Kudakwashe
Dhewa confirmed the development.

“We are investigating
the alleged theft of the keys and I can confirm that the keys have not yet been
found,” said Dhewa.

Other sources said the
bunch contained keys for the main entrances and safes containing security item
registers, receipts and other sensitive documents.

“The spares are not available and it would be a big problem if the lockdown was to be
lifted today because there would be no access to the interior unless the doors are broken. People are worried that sensitive documents
will be stolen for malicious reasons,” said a source.

It is understood the
spare keys used to be kept at Standard Chartered Bank which no longer has a branch in

The source said it could
be an inside job as there was a lot of infighting and backbiting over positions
at the office.

The provincial registry
handles citizens’ sensitive personal information; providing such services as
registration and processing of birth certificates, passports and reburial

At national level, the office has not been without controversy, with Registrar General  (RG) Clemence Masango, who succeeded Tobaiwa Mudede, being arrested and suspended from work without pay for corruption.

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