Govt to abolish dual citizenship


Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede

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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  • Dollar boy

    This does not make sense. Why include it when you will amend it to suit what you want?

  • Cde Jairos Tapfuma

    That was very wrong to approve of dual citizenship in the first place. The mass were not given enough information on what that meant. What I hated was the idea of other nationalities coming in on an equal footing with poor Zimbabweans in terms of opportunities on the basis that they were now Zim citizens. This is exactly what Donald Trump is busy undoing now and with the full backing of the Electoral College who made sure he is the new President of the USA.

    Why do you want to please foreigners all the time at the expense of our children here? For example, Nigerians (I do not hate them), came through, married our daughters (vamwe vacho vanongodawo mari zvisina basa), so that they earned a Zim citizenship, opened shops to sell under-wears, mop up money, dumb the Zim women and go away. Now, these had now been given a clear penalty kick with no goalkeeper on the gate through this dual citizenship, to please who? Who is the beneficiary of dual citizenship? The person in Tsholotsho, Murehwa, Muzarabani, Gwanda or Chikanga? Inobatsira ani other than foreigners looking for opportunities?

    • Sadly Zimba

      you need to read more because from your statement you have no idea what you are talking about.

    • Chiedza687

      It’s your children that are applying for dual citizenship, your closed minded attitude is why you have an economy with a GDP smaller than the turnover of a medium enterprise elsewhere. Dual
      Citizenship is only for Zimbabwean citizens and if those same Zimbabweans don’t want to live in Zimbabwe because they cannot live a half decent life then why shouldn’t they be able to acquire a second citizenship? If the government actually did what they were elected to do we would have no such problems.

  • Sadly Zimba

    it allows me to travel, work and live in other countries and still call Zimbabwe home allowing me to send desperately needed funds so i can build my house kumusha and start kacompany so vana blaz and ansisi can work.

    • Marufu Chihwandire

      No one has stopped you to do that but keep your foreign passport away from our eyes. Once we see your foreign passport we repossess ours. Chimboita zveikoko and come back when done.

  • Moe_Scyslack2

    Good point. Mudede is not a civil servant but a full blooded zanu foot soldier. He’s helped zanu ‘win’ elections by gerrymandering constituencies and outright rigging. ZANU rewards him accordingly. Your day of reckoning is coming. Fool

  • ndini

    of course I want dual citizenship ndiri mwana wevhu, I send remittances every month kumusha but kusango kuno life is bearable uine citizenship, but I still remain Zimbabwean, ndiko kune rukuvhute nemidzi yangu, ndiri kushanda kuno kwandiri asi kumba ndinodzoka

    • Marufu Chihwandire

      Chimboita zveikoko and when you are done you simply come back home. Hatikurase. Why do want double allegiance? We only need full Zimbabweans here, not half Zimbabweans.

  • Damby

    Dual citizenship is a human right.
    Zanupf looters want to abolish it so as to loot and claim all properties they stole from the departed white former owners

    • ivhukuvanhu chete, chete

      departed ‘White former owners’? THESE White guys and their ancestors were the actual Looters. Their thievery was given a sort of decency by describing them as ‘Colonialist, Imperialists, etc, etc

      The Zanu PF Government simply let its citizen reclaim their birth right; and surely this political party is simply blessed.