Most citizens who have tried to restore their status as citizens of Zimbabwe since the coming into force of the new Constitution have been invited for a ‘verification’ process;
It turns out that there is no legal or other basis for the Citizenship Office at the Registrar General’s Department to do this;
In a recent judgment, the High Court of Zimbabwe sitting in Harare questioned the relevance of this requirement of the office of the Registrar General and went on to grant an application filed on behalf of a citizen with an order of costs;
People should only ever attend at the Central Registry for issuance of documents and not to be ‘verified’ or to prove anything;
When citizens or their representatives write to the Registrar General, it is good administrative conduct for that office to respond in writing.
The presiding judge’s remarks are reproduced below with the permission of the successful citizen of Zimbabwe:
Dated at Harare on this 7th June 2019.
Inserted as a public service to the citizens of Zimbabwe at home and abroad.
TAFADZWA RALPH MUGABE|LEGAL COUNSEL