Zimbabwe government to amend constitution, abolish dual citizenship
The government is pushing for the abolition of dual citizenship as enshrined under Zimbabwe’s constitution, arguing that it poses a number of security challenges, state media reported Friday.
Registrar-General Tobaiwa Mudede told a parliamentary caucus of the ruling Zanu-PF party that the government would be seeking amendments to the constitution promulgated in 2013 so that dual citizenship is abolished.
The government is currently realigning old laws to the new constitution, albeit at a slow pace.
“As the Ministry of Home Affairs we have decided that we are not going for realignment (of the Citizenship Act to the constitution), but for amendment,” Mudede was quoted by The Herald newspaper as having said.
He said some of the challenges dual citizenship posed included tax evasion, evasion from justice, involvement in human trafficking, international terrorism and difficulties in immigration control.
The Zanu-PF parliamentary chief whip Lovemore Matuke said the party’s legislators would support the intention to amend the constitution.
The constitution recognizes three types of citizenship: citizenship by birth; citizenship by descent; and citizenship by registration.