Multitutes of desperate Zimbabweans thronged the registrar general’s offices at Makumbe building, the documentation processing complex in Harare on Monday.
Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede last week announced the process had been set to resume on Monday saying that engineers rectified the problem that started the fire.
Mudede’s office was in the past days only issuing temporary travelling documents for emergency travel.
Prominent political analyst, John Makumbe said the mysterious halt in the issuing of passports could have been deliberate and politically motivated.
This was on the heels of a recent refusal by the country to accept an offer from South Africa of a passport processing machine capable of churning out 4000 documents per hour.
“There are elections this year. They don’t want these people resident in the Diaspora to come to Zimbabwe and vote because they know the implications of that for Zanu (PF). It is very clear. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is the Zimbabwe government sabotaging the whole process,” said the University of Zimbabwe political science professor.