The Zaka registry offices have no printers and this has made it difficult for people in the district to access identity documents.
This was revealed by the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Zaka East Member of Parliament Clemence Chiduwa.
Chiduwa who is ZANU PF Zaka District Coordinating Committee (DCC) chairperson was speaking at the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting at Great Zimbabwe University’s Julius Nyerere School of Social Sciences over the weekend.
He said they have discovered that more than 40 per cent of the people in their party cells had no identity documents and could not register to vote. Said Chiduwa:
We have finished cell structuring in the Zaka district but we have discovered that a number of people in the cells have no IDs and cannot register to vote.
So we approached the registry offices in Zaka with the intention of making sure that they get IDs.
We were however told that the district office has no printers for the past three months and people are not getting IDs.
When contacted for comment by TellZim, Zaka District Registrar Cuthbert Mataruse said he was not allowed to comment to the media.
However, other sources close to the matter told TellZim that the computers malfunctioned when the registry offices opened after the long COVID-19 induced lockdown saying they were taken to Harare but were condemned and need to be replaced.
The sources indicated that the machines are too old, which resulted in them malfunctioning when registry offices reopened after lockdown last year.