Zimbabwe has thrown its weight behind the proposed committee of African registrar generals and has highlighted the need for regional governments to take ownership of national civil registration systems through domestic funding.

African registrar generals attending the ongoing taskforce meeting in Victoria Falls called for the establishment of the new committee to be expedited in order to strengthen civil registration across the continent.

Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Mr Tobaiwa Mudede said Africa should take full ownership of civil registration systems and devote more resources as opposed to relying on donors.

In his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the meeting, Victoria Falls Mayor, Sifiso Mpofu also urged to registrar generals to expedite the formation of the continental body given the centrality of civil registration as a tool for development.

The registrar generals commended Zimbabwe for the sound civil registration systems and the ongoing national outreach mobile registration exercise ahead of next year general elections.

Civil registration is the way by which countries keep a continuous and complete record of births, deaths and the marital status of their people.

The african registrar generals have highlighted the need to incorporate national identification as part of the civil registration.