Constitutional Court confirms dual citizenship in landmark ruling

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By Zimbabwe Investor on June 27, 2013. No Comments

Zimbabweans by birth can hold can hold more than one citizenship.

Zimbabweans by birth can hold can hold more than one citizenship.

HARARE (Zimbabwe Investor) – Zimbabwe’s highest court of law, the Constitutional Court, ruled to clarify that dual citizenship was allowed under the country’s new constitution in a landmark case brought by exiled business man Mutumwa Mawere.

Mutumwa Mawere who holds South African citizenship took Zimbabwe’s Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede to the Constitutional Court for rejecting his citizenship application. Mudede had demanded the business man renounce his South African citizenship before applying for a Zimbabwean.

The court however clarified that as a person born of Zimbabwean citizens in Zimbabwe, Mawere was entitled to that country’s citizenship by birth without surrendering his South African.

The ruling will be received by thousands of Zimbabweans who have settled abroad obtaining citizenship by naturalisation of their host countries in the process. Zimbabwe’s Diaspora population has argued that they can bring economic benefit to Zimbabwe if they were allowed to retain their acquired citizenship.

Many Zimbabweans left the country at the turn of the century largely fleeing the prevailing economic and political conditions. Over the years of settling abroad, they have invested heavily both emotionally and economically in their host countries and feel they should be allowed dual citizenship.