Govt to abolish dual citizenship

Source: Govt to abolish dual citizenship | The Herald May 12, 2017

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter—
Government will not seek to re-align the Citizenship Act with the new Constitution, but will instead move for the amendment of the supreme law to abolish provisions allowing dual citizenship. This was said by Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede while making a presentation on the Constitution and dual citizenship to the Zanu-PF parliamentary caucus at the party’s headquarters on Wednesday.

The new Constitution allows for one to hold dual citizenship and Mr Mudede said this posed a number of security challenges to the country.

“As the Ministry of Home Affairs, we have decided that we are not going for realignment (of the Citizenship Act to the Constitution), but for amendment,” he said.

Mr Mudede said some of the challenges that the dual citizenship posed included cases of tax evasion, evasion from justice, involvement in cases of human trafficking, international terrorism and problems in immigration control. He said Sections 36, 37 and 43 of the (new) Constitution had to be amended.

Mr Mudede queried why provisions requiring foreigners who acquired Zimbabwe’s citizenship to take an oath of loyalty were removed in the new supreme law.

“We need to amend this (new) Constitution,” he said.

“You cannot align the Citizenship Act to this (new) Constitution. The question of loyalty is a serious one; anybody who takes citizenship in any other country subscribes to the oath of loyalty. That provision was removed from the (new) Constitution and now we have somebody who is being given citizenship when they did not subscribe to the oath of loyalty.”

In his response, Zanu-PF chief whip Cde Lovemore Matuke said the party supported the intentions to amend the Constitution.

“As a party position, we are going to support you and make sure we defend this position when it comes up for debate,” he said.

Dual citizenship is one of the issues that were included in the new Constitution as a compromise, despite the majority of people speaking against it during the Constitution making outreach.


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    harper 5 years ago

    Dual Citizenship only causes a problem in countries ruled by fear.

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    Morty Smith 5 years ago

    Zanu does not want all those Malawians and members of the diaspora voting because he knows none of them will vote for “the party”

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    kiddnile 5 years ago

    Mudede,Mugabe,Zanoids cannot take away my citizenship of Zimbabwe becuase I did not get it from them but from God who created my parents and ancestors as Zimbabwean. Can anyone image Mugabe who does not have Zimbabwean ancestry from his father ‘s side wants to take away Zim citizenship from me whose ancestry is total Zimbo from the both sides ??

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    Zanu of tactics first Mugabe must go back to Nyasaland where his father came from he likes to take what’s important to other people now he claims Gorareza kids are his those naughty Chatunga you can see he needs his own culture you cab take them to Dubai,Singapore and South Africa but they are not convinced need to join their older brother to the orignal family

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    Flick 5 years ago

    Anyone wanting Zimbabwe citizenship needs their head examined !!!

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      harper 5 years ago

      No quite! It would save me $55 each time I pass through the Border Post.