No change to citizenship law: Chinamasa

Published: 8/Jul/2013

Justice Minister Patrick Chinamasa has ruled out changes to the country’s citizenship laws following Zanu PF’s landslide victory in last week’s elections.

With the parties to the outgoing government giving conflicting interpretations of the relevant provisions in the country’s new constitution, it had remained unclear whether dual citizenship was now legal under the new charter.

Clarity over the issue was only provided by the Constitutional Court when it ordered the registrar general to restore businessman, Mutumwa Mawere’s citizenship. Mawere also holds South African citizenship.

Zanu PF had opposed dual citizenship during negotiations to craft the new constitution in the run-up to last Wednesday’s elections and hinted it would effect changes to the charter if it won the vote.

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Themes: Acquisition of nationality, Dual Nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage, Nationality and Refugees
Regions: Southern Africa, Zimbabwe
Year: 2013