Government has directed the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage to ensure that production of passports begins within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

Speaking at a post Cabinet meeting in Harare this evening, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said the government has already taken steps by acquiring new machinery and consumables which will enable the production of 3 000 passports a day.

“On the basis of this, we wish to advise the nation that work towards the localised production of the passports is now at an advanced stage as all the necessary capital equipment is now in place while payment has already been made for the consumables,” she said.

Senator Mutsvangwa highlighted that Cabinet has directed the responsible minister to ensure that production of at least 4 000 passports commences within the next 2 to 3 weeks.

“This should be followed by measures to ensure that citizens can complete some aspects of the application process on-line, in keeping with the thrust of the ease of doing business reforms,” she said.

Cabinet has also considered and approved the Constitutional Court Bill of 2019, which will govern the operations of the Constitutional Court.

“It is part of the alignment of laws to the Constitution and will also regulate the jurisdiction, powers, practice and procedure of the court. The bill provides for the composition, regulations, appeals from decisions of lower courts and other matters connected to the operations of the Constitutional Court. Once enacted, the bill will provide and ensure an effective and efficient justice delivery system,” noted Senator Mutsvangwa.

The joint venture between the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company (ZCDC) and Alrosa of Russia and the International Treaties Bill 2019 also formed part of the deliberations at this week’s Cabinet meeting.