Zimbabwe: Chirwa v. Registrar General

Published: 2/Aug/1990
Source: High Court of Zimbabwe (Harare)

1993 (1) ZLR (H) 1-20

The applicant had successfully obtained an order declaring him to be a citizen of Zimbabwe. The respondent refused to release his passport to the applicant. The applicant sought an order requiring his passport to be delivered to him. The respondent opposed the application on the ground that the passport was issued at the will of the State and could be withdrawn or withheld.

Held, that in order to exercise the constitutional right to travel, the applicant needed his passport and the State has no right or power to withhold the passport of a citizen.

Download: Chirwa vs Registrar General High Court 1990

Themes: Acquisition by children, ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 1990