Tobaiwa Mudede Agrees To Give Journalist Violet Gonda Passport

Registrar General Mr Tobaiwa Mudede agreed to issue a passport to Zimbabwean journalist Violet Gonda, who was denied a passport last week because she was blacklisted.

Gonda, who returned to Zimbabwe early this year after spending 17 years in the United Kingdom is among several Zimbabweans blacklisted by Government. She recently applied for a passport, but Mr Mudede denied her the document on the basis that she is blacklisted although she had paid the passport fees. On Monday Mudede filed a notice of opposition at the High Court in which he climbed down on his office’s earlier position and agreed to issue Gonda a passport.

He accused Gonda of rushing to court without exhausting all the available remedies. Gonda filed her application at the High Court on August 28, in which she cited Mr Mudede and the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage as respondents. She wanted the court to compel Mudede to issue her with a Zimbabwean passport and declare that Mr Mudede’s conduct violated her rights, citing various sections of the Constitution to prove her case.

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