March 4, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the proposal to have a General Amnesty as presented by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. Cabinet noted that the country’s prison population currently stands at 22 000 against an official holding capacity of 17 000. The General Amnesty, which will be for certain specified categories of prisoners, will decongest the country’s prisons and alleviate challenges being experienced by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).
Feb. 19, 2020
Cabinet considered and approved the strategies to clear the passport backlog at the Central Registry as presented by the Minister of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. The strategies are as follows:
(i) That the current Treasury payment facility of US$1 000 000 per month towards debt settlement be maintained;
(ii) That Treasury avails US$6,796 500; 580,200 Euros and $11,781,900 towards meeting the cost of clearing the passport backlog;
(iii) That the costs of ordinary and emergency passports currently pegged at $53 and $253 respectively, be increased to $150 for an ordinary passport and $600 for an emergency passport
Aug. 10, 2019
Passport production has increased from 60 to 1 000 per day following the delivery of essential consumables, including paper, gold foil, passport covers, glue and security threads, and a new printing machine for personalisation. Production is expected to increase further to at least 3 000 daily as two new personalisation machines are on their way. Plans are afoot to introduce day and night shifts to clear a 340 000 passport backlog that accumulated since last year.
July 15, 2019
Public hearings on the national inquiry on access to national documentation in the country are set to commence on 15 July 2019 in Matabeleland North province. In a statement, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) said the public hearings, held under the theme “My Identity, My Right”, will cover all national identity documents including citizenship.
June 18, 2019
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is set to roll out a five-month national inquiry on identity documents to establish gaps and the extent of their unavailability among Zimbabweans. The inquiry is part of fostering and enforcement of human rights enshrined in the Constitution, which states that everyone has a right to an identity.
Feb. 27, 2019
On 26 February 2019, Cabinet approved proposed changes to the citizenship laws to pave way for the granting of dual citizenship to people born in Zimbabwe.