Sibanda filed his application at the Bulawayo High Court on October 21 seeking an order compelling Mudede’s office and the Home Affairs ministry to issue him with Amanda Sibanda’s death certificate for the benefit of their son.
He submitted that his relationship with Amanda resulted in the birth of a son, although they never stayed together as husband and wife.In the submission he wrote,
Amanda passed on in 2007. During her lifetime, she used to stay in Pumula with her parents. When Amanda died, I took sole custody and guardianship. What has led to this application is that the first respondent (Mudede) has refused to issue the applicant with the death certificate on the grounds that he is not related to the deceased, Amanda, notwithstanding that the applicant is seeking a death certificate as a guardian of [their son]
Sibanda said the Registrar-General’s Office advised him to look for the relatives of the deceased so as to obtain the death certificate, but he has tried to look for them with no luck.
Mudede and Chombo are yet to respond to the application.