passport fees slashed 08-09-10.jpgThe Registrar General’s Office is set to resume normal operations on Monday after engineers rectified damage caused by a fire which burnt key electrical systems at the identification production complex at KG6 in Harare.


Full operations which include issuing national identity documents and passports will begin this Monday, while issuance of Temporary Travel Documents (TTDs) has resumed with immediate effect.


The RGs office had temporarily suspended issuing of computerised documents after a fire burnt the main distribution board and electrical cables at the identification production complex at KG6.


The Registrar General, Mr. Tobaiwa Mudede, said the rest of the machinery used in passport production remains intact, while dismissing media reports that the national database had been affected.  


“The production center will be fully operational by Monday 10 January, computers have to be cleaned up to make sure there are no spoils on people’s passports. Our database is intact including 18 computers and 20 scanners, those are the machines we use for making passports,” Mr Mudede said.


Mr. Mudede quashed some rumours that had been circulating to the effect that passport application forms and passport books for Zimbabweans resident in South Africa had been destroyed by the fire.


He commended engineers and staff from his department who have been working flat out for the past two days to rectify the situation.


Individuals intending to travel urgently have been urged to visit the passport offices as other countries except South Africa accept the TTDs.