Zimbabwe: Update on citizenship, renunciation and passport issues (Aug 2002)

Published: 5/Aug/2002
Source: Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Despite the lapse of the Registrar-General’s appeal of the judgment in Tsvangirai v The Registrar General and Ors HH-29-2002 and the consequent extension of the period for renunciation of foreign citizenship in terms of the amended Citizenship Act to 6 August 2002, we continue to receive information from individuals around the country who indicate that the Passport Offices and the various foreign embassies are refusing to accept and/or process their renunciation documentation.

The various Passport Offices are also maintaining the incorrect stance that people who have failed to renounce their entitlement to foreign citizenship have ceased to be Zimbabwean citizens from 7 January 2002 and have to pay $25,000.00, re-apply to have their Zimbabwean citizenship restored and wait a period of up to 18 months before receiving their new Zimbabwean passports.

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Themes: Discrimination, Ethnic/Racial/Religious, Dual Nationality, Nationality and Elections, Voter Registration
Regions: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Year: 2002