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ZHRC holds Matabeleland South Provincial Stakeholder Meeting on Access to Documentation

Venue: Palm River Lodge, Gwanda

Date: 6 August 2019

Access to documentation in Zimbabwe is one of the greatest challenges people are facing. A great number of the population especially in under-developed areas have experienced and are still experiencing challenges in accessing basic documents such as birth certificates and national identity cards.

Yesterday, 6 August 2019, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) conducted a Stakeholder Consultative Meeting focusing on the National Inquiry on Access to Documentation in Zimbabwe. Stakeholders from different sectors of Matabeleland South Province were invited. The main objective of the meeting was to look into the challenges of accessing documentation and how the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission together with the Provincial Registry can assist the affected communities.

“We have teams that get into all districts to conduct research and get evidence on issues relating to access to documentation. Reports are compiled and sent to the parliament”, said Clifford Mgoto, an official from the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission.

Some of the stakeholders said that there are too many procedures that must be taken, and it makes it difficult for villagers to access documentation. They also suggested that there should be someone who specialises in sign language interpretation in processing of documentation. Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission accepted the challenge to invite a sign language interpreter in all public hearings.

Dumani, a representative from the Provincial Registry emphasised that citizens should get letters from their chief and headmen as these will provide proof of identity and assist them in accessing birth certificates.



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