Journalist Violet Gonda confirmed to NewZimbabwe.com that she was denied a Zimbabwean passport by the registrar general’s office because she is blacklisted by the government.
Gonda said she had finished all necessary steps and paid the application fees when officials discovered that she was on the government’s ‘stop list’. Gonda was born, raised and worked in Zimbabwe until she left for the United Kingdom to further her tertiary education. Said Gonda:
Returning from the diaspora to invest in my homeland, I was shocked and surprised that in President E.D. Mnangagwa’s new dispensation there still exists draconian, secret provisions that block citizens from accessing passports. I am a Zimbabwean and I should not be made to feel like a foreigner in my own country, like I am having to do at present. Is Zimbabwe still in the Mugabe era? A ‘Stop List’ should not exist in ED’s new dispensation.
Denford Halimani from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) said they have approached the High Court to challenge the decision to deny Gonda a passport. Registrar General Tobaiwa Mudede and Home affairs Minister have been listed as respondents. Halimani said Gonda was told she could not have her passport processed because she worked for UK based SW Radio Africa and United States-based Studio 7.
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Violet Gonda is a Zimbabwean journalist based in London, United Kingdom. She interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former US President Jimmy Carter, former Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Joseph Chinotimba, political sociologist and leading contemporary scholar in the field of democracy studies Larry Diamond and... Read More About Violet Gonda
Tobaiwa Mudede is a former prominent civil servant who was Registrar General of Zimbabwe from 1985 to September 2018. He is also a writer having authored the book ,Genetically Modified Organism(GMOs) and Population Control Drugs in Developing Countries. As RG, he held controversial views on... Read More About Tobaiwa Mudede
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) is a not for profit human rights organization whose core objective is to foster a culture of human rights in Zimbabwe as well as encourage the growth and strengthening of human rights at all levels of Zimbabwean society through... Read More About Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights