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By Silas Nkala

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC)  will embark on nationwide inquiry on access to civil documentation following complaints by civil and human rights groups on having difficulties to obtain identity particulars. Habakkuk Trust petitioned Parliament calling for relaxation of birth registration requirements. Ellen Sithole, ZHRC deputy chairperson said that an inquiry is to be conducted and they are at a preparatory stage. In December last year, government relaxed the stringent birth registration requirements for children born outside the country and decentralised the processing of external birth certificates to all districts to enable ease of access. They reduced fees from $50 to $2 for children above six years old, while those below can acquire documentation for free.