Govt Documents Natural Disaster Victims

By Romeo Takundwa

Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage have issued national identity documents to people who were affected by natural disasters through mobile registrations.

This was said revealed by Information Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa during the latest post cabinet media briefing.

Those documented people in Bikita District and Tsholotsho affected by Cyclone Idai and the 2017 floods respectively. 

“The exercise sought to document citizens in Bikita District who were affected by Cyclone Idai in 2019, and those affected by the 2017 floods in Tsholotsho, including the Tjawo (San) community in the District. The Bikita mobile registration programme commenced on 6 September, 2021, and ended on 5 October, 2021, while the Tsholotsho exercise ran from 13 September to 12 October, 2021. The services availed during the mobile registration exercises in the 2 districts covered birth, death and national identity registration,” she said. 

A total of 4 397 national identity documents were issued in Bikita and 4 169 in Tsholotsho.


Huge turnouts were witnessed at mobile registration centres from the first day as the exercise had mobilisation from rural district committees, traditional and community leaders as well as local radio stations. 

Going forward, the mobile registration exercise will be extended to other districts in need, starting with the Bulilima District in Matabeleland South Province. Voter registration will also be concurrently undertaken as part of the exercise.

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