Zimbabwe: Mr Registrar-General, let the people go

Published: 16/Jul/2019
Source: Newsday (Harare)

Guest column: Paul Kaseke

For some time now, Zimbabweans have not been able to renew their passports or obtain new ones due to what the Registrar-General’s office has termed ‘an acute shortage of passport paper’.

It almost seems like the RG’s office has become like the biblical Pharaoh, who would not let the Israelites leave Egypt.

In this edition, we explore the legal position on this matter and what the State’s obligations are in this respect.

I should start by pointing out that the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission has already described the situation as a violation of human rights and has promised to investigate the matter.

Many people are wondering why the commission would link the passport saga to a violation of human rights. Surely, the issuing of passports for people to travel is not a basic right and seems more like a luxury.

No, that is not so. Our Constitution adequately deals with this in quite a lot of detail.

Read further: https://www.newsday.co.zw/2019/07/mr-registrar-general-let-the-people-go/

Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Zimbabwe
Year: 2019