Zimbabwe: 65yrs after leaving home, Magriti Gama fights for citizenship

Published: 10/Oct/2022
Source: The Chronicle (Bulawayo)

Thandeka Moyo-Ndlovu, Senior Reporter
IMMIGRATION experts have said the 67-year-old granny who brought 15 relatives to Zimbabwe from Mozambique can claim Zimbabwean citizenship if she proves that she was born in the country.

Ms Magriti Gama, who left the country as a two-year-old in 1957 for Mozambique, was arraigned for contravening immigration laws.

Chronicle recently reported about the bittersweet case of the reunion of the Gama family members which was however short-lived due to a violation of the country’s laws.

While circumstances relating to her arrest are sad, experts said the law requires her to prove that she was born in Zimbabwe.

Ms Gama recently came back from Mozambique with 15 family members including three children, a son-in-law and 10 grandchildren all sired in the neighbouring country.

Born in Zimbabwe in Mzilikazi suburb of Bulawayo, Ms Gama, the eldest of her family, left home to visit her paternal relatives in Mozambique and never came back. Unfortunately, although three of her young siblings can prove that indeed she is part of the family, her parents are now late.

Read further: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/65yrs-after-leaving-home-magriti-gama-fights-for-citizenship/

Themes: Birth Registration, ID Documents and Passports, Statelessness
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2022