Registry sub-of­fice for Mu­ram­binda

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News - Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Man­i­ca­land Bu­reau

THE Regis­trar-Gen­eral’s Of­fice will soon open a registry sub-of­fice in Mu­ram­binda as part its de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion pro­gramme which seeks to reach out to a huge pop­u­la­tion in need of its ser­vices.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists at a Press brief­ing held at the Man­i­ca­land provin­cial registry of­fices last week, Regis­trar-Gen­eral Mr Cle­mence Masango said the depart­ment was work­ing on re­fur­bish­ing a dis­used build­ing that had been of­fered by Buhera Ru­ral District coun­cil.

He said the sub of­fice would be op­er­a­tional by Jan­uary next year.

“We want to de­cen­tralise our ser­vices as much as pos­si­ble so that we shorten the dis­tance peo­ple travel for what­ever re­quire­ments.

“Mu­ram­binda is prob­a­bly one of the fastest grow­ing growth points in the coun­try. It has quite a siz­able pop­u­la­tion of ci­ti­zens who need our ser­vices,” he said.

“Ar­range­ments to re­fur­bish the struc­ture that has been of­fered to the depart­ment by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have started. We are in the process of buy­ing ma­te­rial to get the depart­ment of pub­lic works to re­fur­bish the build­ing.

“Once we get the ma­te­rial and get on the ground, they should not take more than a month. All things be­ing equal we should have that of­fice of­fi­cially opened by Jan­uary 2019,” he said.

He said the build­ing which would house the registry of­fices needed to be re­paired.

Mr Masango said there was need to at­tend to the floors, ceil­ings, win­dows, the grounds as well as re­paint­ing.

Mr Masango said his depart­ment was work­ing with most of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties who were pro­vid­ing them with op­er­at­ing space for sub-of­fices.

“Coun­cils have been very sup­port­ive; they have been of­fer­ing op­er­at­ing space to the depart­ment at no cost for us to open sub of­fices so that we bring our ser­vices closer to the peo­ple. We be­lieve we will even be mak­ing do­ing busi­ness much eas­ier and re­spond­ing to peo­ple’s needs,” he said.

He called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to prac­tice early reg­is­tra­tion to avoid the in­con­ve­nienc­ing them­selves and the depart­ment

“It is un­for­tu­nate that up to now, we still get par­ents who rush to get birth cer­tifi­cates for their chil­dren sim­ply be­cause that child now wants to sit for a pub­lic ex­am­i­na­tion.

“That is not nec­es­sary be­cause birth reg­is­tra­tion is free up to six years and na­tional reg­is­tra­tion is also free up to 18 years, so there is no rea­son for par­ents not to take ad­van­tage of that fa­cil­ity.

“We should not cre­ate un­nec­es­sary pres­sure for our­selves as par­ents and on the depart­ment,” added Mr Masango.

Mr Masango

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