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Minister Mhona Blames Sanctions For Driver's Licence Disc Shortage

Minister Mhona Blames Sanctions For Driver's Licence Disc Shortage

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona says sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States of America and other factors are to blame for the huge backlog of metal driver’s licence discs.

Speaking in an interview with NewsDay, Mhona said the government is failing to procure raw materials for the production of metal driver’s licence discs resulting in the Central Vehicle Registry (CVR) struggling to clear the backlog. He said:

CVR has made positive steps in clearing the backlog on driver’s licence discs. However, the pace is not as fast as we would want because of several challenges, some of which are beyond the scope of CVR in particular, and the ministry in general.

For a better context, the raw materials used in the manufacture of licence discs are imported, and because of sanctions, it has been hard to procure them from traditional suppliers in the USA [United States of America].

We import the special alumni photo plates, the film, developer and gold dye and seal materials. It has been difficult to get supplies in stock.

He said the other factor that has led to the backlog is that more and more people are taking driver’s licences. Said Mhona:

More and more people are taking driver’s licences as cars are also increasing on the roads.

The number of cars we have on our roads has increased drastically, especially with the advent of ex-Japan vehicles.

As it stands, there is only one plant or machine to make the licences in Zimbabwe and it has to absorb all applicants.

Mhona also attributed the shortage of discs to obsolete machinery used in the production process. He said:

Most of the work from VID to CVR remains manual and this takes time. As it stands, there is only one plant or machine to make the licence discs in Zimbabwe and it has to absorb all applicants.

The production line also uses a special type of typewriter, for example, Olivetti and Brothers, which have unique characters and letters that help to weed out counterfeits.

Working space has been greatly compromised due to huge volumes from VID and police driving schools which test thousands daily and all these applicants are forwarded to CVR.

Mhona said the greatest solution to the backlog is the automation of the whole process. | NewsDay

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22 Comments

The Mad Genius 1 month ago

Inasmuch as sanctions have some effects, to some extent, this issue of blaming all failures on sanctions has become too much.
There's a problem with acquiring almost all documents in this country, and all the authorities do is blame sanctions.
Births now take more than a month to get.
IDs it's the same.
Passports at some point it was taking more than a year.
Drivers licenses, it's the same story as this one.

Nothing really works anymore.
Instead of blaming everything on sanctions, why not find other solutions, or other suppliers of the required raw materials?


1 month ago

I do not think that this is the Mhona that I have known for many years for being one of the sharp brains in ED's government. I never thought that you would one day blame sanctions which were created some thousands of km away from our Aluminium rich mines. The so called sanctions have imprisoned your brains kkkk, no one talks about sanctions when they buy the Maybach and Cherokees. You should be wearing local clothes because of sanctions. Ibvaipo tipinde isu muone kuti sanction rine basa rei. Mhona you have let us down. You deserve to be fired. After getting half a million dollars, you still have the audacity to talk about sanctions? Return the 500 000 because our country is under sanctions. Christmas kkk hangover usatambe nemweya ye vanhu Mhona...

1 month ago

Gold
Aluminum plates
We produce in zim then this **** blames sanctions


1 month ago

You can say that again you can't hide using your finger on every issue they should man up and accept their failures and come up with solutions

1 month ago

All these documents are needed more by those residing in urban areas than in rural areas, so this artificial shortage of raw materials and sanctions scapegoat are political. They removed the driver's license from the list of allowed documents when voting because they new that there are more urban dwellers who hold the docs and use it as an alternative in place of the national ID. Now they are blaming sanctions for lack of these documents to restrict the urban vote. Ruthless riggers


Rigged vote 1 month ago

All these documents are needed more by those residing in urban areas than in rural areas, so this artificial shortage of raw materials and sanctions scapegoat are political. They removed the driver's license from the list of allowed documents when voting because they knew that there are more urban dwellers who hold the disc and use it as an alternative in place of the national ID. Now they are blaming sanctions for lack of these documents to restrict the urban vote. Ruthless riggers.


ndunge 1 month ago

**** ikasaenda mutoilet masactions kkk


1 month ago

This is really crazy This guy is one of the beneficiaries of USD500 000 'loans' from the very same government which is always shamelessly blaming everything on sanctions Let's be serious guys and do some self introspection


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Doug 1 month ago

Sanctions, obsolete machinery, manual system? Which is which? What of the ePassort which is being produced in thousands daily? Are the sanctions having any effect on our minerals which are going out of the country unprocessed?


Falot 1 month ago

To put things into perspective war vets will be paid $54mil, MPs and ministers $34mil loans. Some councils are paying millions for management cars. Productive Lafarge was sold for less than $30mil. Most companies (including CVR) can be resuscitated for less than $5mil


Tio4 1 month ago

If this was a proper country ,all those ministers blaming sanctions should be fired including the current gvt 🤣nyika ine ma natural resources ese aya still using the sanctions card. Itai zve plastic ma drivers licence and put a QR code or bar code for authetification simple, unotoshaya kuti these ministers are they paid to think or just to sit there, ma tech universities acho arikuburitsa ma graduates asiri innovative who are busy looking for jobs and not probkem solvers.


1 month ago

They should never be allowed near any government building. Takagara kumba takamirira development for 5years then some minister comes from a brothel to tell us about sanctions. Struggling for 5 years under sanctions but you where sleeping in a 5 star hotel. You betrayed our trust. Saka better kurega kuvhota hedu. Dai wakagara wataura pawakapinda mu office takatsvaga bedu ma license ku S. Africa or some other country kune varume chaivo as leaders not these..... hameno kuti vanonzi zvii..

1 month ago

If you ask this minister how she got all her documents from birth certificate, national ID, driver's license disc and up to passports she will tell you that she got them while she was sleeping, at home. But you, you, you and me, we toil and produce brbes to get them. They are fleecing us of our hard earned cash just to get a national document.


1 month ago

Mukati vanhu veZANU vakakwana here? Instead of brains upstairs misoro yavo yakazara matùzvì.

Next they will be blaming sanctions for electricity blackouts, and population explosion


we are not going anywhere with 1 month ago

these cry babies I wonder how sanctions affect area of our economy coz the list of those sanctioned does not exceed 20 people man up and do the needful stop blaming sanctions admit your failures pakaipa ne zanu akuna kwatiri kuenda


Maparamuro 1 month ago

Nonsense. Sanctions have been in place for more than 20 years now. Right thinking people would have sort alternatives. We now have plastic IDs why not do the same with drivers licenses. In South Africa they have plastic drivers licenses.
Idzi ingano dzana tsuro nagudo not fit for someone in the position of national gvt ministry


1 month ago

The transport ministry is leading in corruption. To get a licence at VID you pay usd$100 then for the disc you pay usd$50. I think production is stifled to create a shortage.


Dofo 1 month ago

Zvitupa u changed from those alminium to plastic coz paiva pakuita shortage why not do the same ku ma driver's licence after all South Africa have more licence holders than Zimbabwe but they use plastic ones don't think zvoda kududzirwa nesu Povho


Thesepeopleof 1 month ago

People with low intelligence in positions of authority are a danger to the country and people.


i_am_shumba 1 month ago

lets fire zanu zvipere


Cde 1 month ago

The problem you're having shortages but if we all come with something to bribe you everything moves swiftly don't blame sanctions blame corruption which is making you fat like pigs... Nxaa


Crocodile 1 month ago

Everything sanctions taura kuti tatadza kutonga chawora chinhu ichi



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