Zimbabwe: Cabinet Okays Citizenship Law Amendments to Bring Dual Citizenship

Published: 27/Feb/2019
Source: New Zimbabwe

CABINET on Tuesday approved amendments to the Zimbabwe Citizenship Bill to allow dual citizenship as part of the on-going process of aligning the country’s laws with the 2013 national constitution.

The current Act prohibits the simultaneous holding of a Zimbabwean citizenship and that of another country by any citizen whereas the Constitution permits dual citizenship for those who are citizens by birth.

Addressing a post-cabinet media briefing in Harare Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said cabinet approved “key provisions of the amendment including renaming of the Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act as Zimbabwe Citizenship Act.”

Among some of the law’s provisions, Mutsvangwa said, is the “Permitting of dual citizenship for citizens by birth and establishment of Zimbabwe Citizenship and Immigration Board to inter alia oversee the granting and revocation of citizenship by decent and registration.

“Prohibition of dual citizenship for citizen by decent and registration.

“And requirement of applicants for citizens by registration to have resided in Zimbabwe for 10 years, contrary to the current requirement of 5 years in terms of the current Citizenship of Zimbabwe Act.”

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Themes: Dual Nationality, Naturalisation and Marriage
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2019