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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Au­gust 16, 1991 — The Deputy Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs, Cde Du­miso Dabengwa, said in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day the Reg­is­trar-Gen­eral’s Of­fice is­sued only two mil­lion pass­ports since in­de­pen­dence and not 18 mil­lion as re­ported re­cently by one law­maker.

Masvingo Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, Cde Dzika­mai Mavhaire, told the House of As­sem­bly last month that 18 mil­lion pass­ports were pro­cessed since 1980 and that many peo­ple cur­rently pos­sessed sev­eral valid pass­ports which they abused to ob­tain the scarce for­eign cur­rency to im­port com­modi­ties in short sup­ply on the lo­cal mar­ket from neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Dis­miss­ing Cde Mavhaire’s state­ment as base­less and un­founded, Cde Dabengwa said that his min­istry would not waste time in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter “be­cause there is noth­ing to in­ves­ti­gate’’.

“Since in­de­pen­dence the Reg­is­trar-Gen­eral’s Of­fice is­sued only about two mil­lion pass­ports. That fig­ure is nowhere near 18 mil­lion as al­leged by Cde Dzika­mai Mavhaire,’’ he said.

Zim­babwe has an es­ti­mated pop­u­la­tion of slightly more than 10 mil­lion peo­ple.

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