Source: PaZimbabwe (Harare)
PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government is drafting a new constitutional amendment that would automatically cancel citizenship from anyone who would have stayed abroad for five years without paying tax to his government or resist newly proposed diaspora tax, a development that is set to make millions of Zimbabweans stateless.
Ziyambi Ziyambi, who is also minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, revealed that the government is in the process of drafting a Constitutional Amendment Number 2, which would, among other things, revoke citizenship for citizens living abroad who do not pay tax to the Harare administration.
Ziyambi said on the sidelines of commissioning three new courtrooms at the Bulawayo High Court on Friday that the upcoming law is a result pressure from Zimbabweans at home who want the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship to be shared among all those that claim to be Zimbos. “Citizenship comes with responsibility, so if one is living in any part of the world and they are paying taxes there, naturally they have to apply for citizenship of that country of their choice. One cannot continue to insist to be a Zimbabwean by name only without sharing the responsibilities that comes with being a citizen like paying taxes,” Ziyambi explained.