Corruption rampant at registrar office: Mudede

HARARE - Tobaiwa Mudede, the Registrar-General (RG) has confirmed before Parliament that his office is plagued with corruption in the issuing of passports.

Mudede confirmed this while giving oral evidence before the Defence, Home Affairs and Security Services parliamentary portfolio committee.

Flanked by Melusi Matshiya, the permanent secretary in the Home Affairs ministry, Mudede told the committee, chaired by Zanu PF MP Clifford Sibanda, that the graft was widespread and nationwide.

“We have  some of our officers involved in the corruption activities in the issuing  out of important national  documents like passports,  national IDs and birth certificates,” Mudede said. “We are calling in the police to arrest the culprits and hand them to court for prosecution.”

Matshiya added: “We have had serious cases and we decided that it is better to dismiss those found to be corrupt, as we are having some appealing to the court and being cleared of any wrong doing, but we are not going to continue working with them as they are bad apples and we don’t even transfer them to any sub office.”

Legislators had complained that corruption was rampant at the Registrar-General’s office and suggested that the errant officers were not being held to account but were being transferred to other stations.

Mudede cited examples of two officials in Seke and Bulawayo offices, that were caught dabbling in corrupt activities.

He said they referred the cases to the police, whom he said they were working closely with in tackling corruption within his office.

He refuted allegations that the long queues at Makombe Building were being extended by lethargy in the issuing of passports.

“We have different government offices at Makombe Building and there is always a mistake in perception that everyone who joins in the queue wants a passport,” Mudede said.

MPs asked for Matshiya to account for the $3,5 million the passport office was retaining every month.

Matshiya defended his department’s discretion in using the money, arguing that they were a sensitive department that deals in security matters.

“We had toilet problems at the Registrar-General office last year, where we could have had a cholera outbreak as there were no public toilets, they were not functioning,” Matshiya said. “Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede requested permission to use the money he had in his office to repair the toilets without the approval of the Treasury.”

Mudede said: “After a tour in the company of Matshiya, we decided without Treasury approval to use the resources we had to arrest the situation. We eventually communicated with Treasury but only after use of the money to avert disaster.”

Mudede also told the committee that his department had imported more machines for use in passport production as there was a huge demand. 

He said his office was issuing out 2 000 passports everyday and was working up to 7pm seven days a week to try to ease and clear the backlog.

Passport fees are currently pegged at $53 for the one issued after a month, $250 for the one issued after three days and $318 for the one issued after 24 hours.

Comments (21)

True somebody went and changed a child's name without approval from the father and they did it.

Maita Manyuka - 10 March 2014

What about allegations of rigging. Are they tru Mr Mudede

Nyorodo - 10 March 2014

Ko zvaari iye anonyora masignatures pama passport? Yava yekupotserana pasi pebhazi ka iyi...

Mati kudii? - 10 March 2014

How long has he been Reg Gen? How old is he? If he has failed to clear the queues and deal with corruption why can't he hand over to someone more competent?

Rook - 10 March 2014

And Mr Mudede do you know that the passports that are being issued by your office have a wrong country code for our beautiful Zimbabwe that have been transformed to a basket case by looters??? For the record Zimbabwe country code is ZWE not ZIM that you have put on our passports.....

Virus Detected - 10 March 2014

I smell a rat here! Why is Mudede all of a sudden admitting that corruption is rampant a the register office. I wonder how much he earns

saundy - 10 March 2014

To day is 10th of March 2014, I am surprised that Mr. Mudede did not know that corruption was rampant at the register office. Corruption has always BEEN THERE since early 1990....s. This is a result of not paying the Officers well.

Godfrey Sibanda - 11 March 2014

watochembera nekurigger maelections nxaaaa

mkanda - 11 March 2014

As long as the process to aquare either a birth certificare, Id or passport is as cumbersome as it, corruption will thrive.

Hexagon - 11 March 2014

nhai tobaiwa unombotorawo marii haangakundwi nacashbart ndosaka asingadi kumbonzwa kana kufunga zve retirement

taipei - 11 March 2014

nhai tobaiwa unombotorawo marii haangakundwi nacashbart ndosaka asingadi kumbonzwa kana kufunga zve retirement

taipei - 11 March 2014

Tobaiwa is over 72 years old. He is the only irreplaceable civil servant.

Chokwadi - 11 March 2014

tobaiwa invented the bi-plough. Why can't he retire to farming and market his bi-plough ?

rmunemo - 11 March 2014

tobaiwa invented the bi-plough. Why can't he retire to farming and market his bi-plough ?

rmunemo - 11 March 2014

@Virus Detected, Zvakatanga when zvekuchinja zvekuti ZIM. My moms passport applied in 1991 bears ZIM(though it is expired) expired. Usangomama kutaura. ZWE wakaioma papassport ipi? duzvi

Varidzi VeNYika - 11 March 2014

ndezvemeso muromo zii

Same - 11 March 2014

u need 3 days to submit an application form unless u bribe. Kana yabuda passport u spend the whole day wakamirira kungo collector chete chete. Can someone tell me vanoshanda here vanatobaiwa neoffice yake yose. y cant they clear ques even for a single day. there is need for a complete overhaul.

tobaiwa - 11 March 2014

u need 3 days to submit an application form unless u bribe. Kana yabuda passport u spend the whole day wakamirira kungo collector chete chete. Can someone tell me vanoshanda here vanatobaiwa neoffice yake yose. y cant they clear ques even for a single day. there is need for a complete overhaul.

tobaiwa - 11 March 2014

$3,5 million to fix toilets?

civilised etiquette - 11 March 2014

@civilized etiquette Sure $3,5 million to fix broken down toilets, and the bunch of MP's bought that hook line and sinker. Surely this country is now the vomit of dogs.

gilbert magwasha - 11 March 2014

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